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Modi 2.0.: Health agenda and expectations

Riding on a saffron surge and charisma of Narendra Modi, the BJP-led NDA government is back with an overwhelming mandate and a full majority in the Lok Sabha, for the second time. The landslide victory not only ensured Modi government to achieve a super-size number of 350 out of 542 seats in the lower house […]

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India’s women are missing out on health insurance

India’s women are missing out on health insurance. It is concerning that, those who are most vulnerable are bearing the brunt. India’s women account for just twenty percent of consumers who buy individual insurance policies. The majority of policyholders are in the 26-45 age demographic, while women aged 55 and above account for the lowest

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What a US think tank thinks about Ayushman Bharat

A major American think tank has given a cautious vote of confidence in the Modi government’s flagship health insurance initiative, the Pradhan Mantri-Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) – popularly known as Ayushman Bharat, or Modicare. The Washington D.C.-based Center for Global Development (CGD) credits the initiative with “[putting] healthcare within reach for hundreds of millions, significantly

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Delhi government under fire as High Court says no to launching Ayushman Bharat

The Delhi High Court has ruled against a petition seeking to order the implementation of the Government’s flagship Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme in the national capital. The state has refused to roll out the much-touted blockbuster scheme launched by the Modi government last year. Economist Abhijit Misra filed the legal suit . He claimed that

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#HealthForAll: Why India lacks access to healthcare

Here is another example of the crumbling state of India’s healthcare infrastructure and the reason behind lack of access to essential, life-saving drugs. India has a shortage of an estimated 600,000 doctors and two million nurses, claims a study conducted by the Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), titled “Access Barriers to Antibiotics.”

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As polls begin, Government touts progress under Ayushman Bharat

Elections for the 17th Lok Sabha polls began yesterday, commencing the largest election in world history, which will pan out in seven phases over the next month. The first phase witnessed an overwhelming turnout in 91 constituencies across twenty states, where 140 million Indians were eligible to vote. Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda took

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#HealthForPolls: Congress makes health a priority

Congress has put healthcare back on the electoral discourse by making it one of its topmost priorities in its manifesto 2019. Perhaps the party has been forced to push up the rhetoric regarding health to counter the BJP government’s Ayushman Bharat Scheme. Sticking to its decade-long promise of Right to Healthcare, Congress aims to increase

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#HealthForPolls: CPI(M)’s vision for health

Elections are less than a month away. So far, the campaign has been fought on the high-pitched war of words over the BJP’s nationalism warcry and the Congress Party’s self-professed ‘surgical strike on poverty’, with a minimum income scheme for farmers’ poll ploy. Amidst all this, Health Issues India is campaigning for healthcare. With an

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Ayushman Bharat forcing hospitals to cut costs?

Ayushman Bharat is nothing if not ambitious. As the world’s largest healthcare scheme it aims to provide health insurance coverage to around 500 million Indians — a number larger than the population of all countries besides India and China. However, the limit of reimbursement amounts from the insurance cover have even India’s cheapest hospital worried.

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As elections loom, experts raise fears over Ayushman Bharat

As the Lok Sabha elections draw near and poll pitches get louder it is important to make health a part of the narrative. This was the aim of the health conference organised by the All India Medical Sciences (AIIMS) earlier this week. Much of the discussion was  focusing on the government’s flagship healthcare scheme: the

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