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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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Video: #HealthForPolls, Making Health for All a reality

The Modi government launched last year the world’s largest health insurance scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana – better known as ‘Ayushman Bharat’ or ‘Modicare’. It offers a Rs 5 lakh annual cover per family for secondary and tertiary healthcare at public and empanelled private hospitals.  While the government claims the scheme has also

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Congress hits out at AYUSH Ministry

A major part of the Government’s healthcare agenda has been the promotion of alternative medicines. To this end, the BJP government established a cabinet  ministry in 2014 to promote traditional and alternative medicine systems like ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha, and homoeopathy named the AYUSH ministry). Under the previous Congress government, AYUSH was a small

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#HealthForPolls: The BJP’s health promises versus reality

Two days ahead of the first phase of elections to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha, the BJP has released its manifesto, calling it their Sankal Patra (Pledge Document) 2019. The party aims to fight the Lok Sabha polls with 75 goals for 2022 – the year India celebrates its 75th year of independence. Prime Minister

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“The builder of modern Goa.” Chief Minister Parrikar loses pancreatic cancer battle

Tributes have poured in from across India for Goa Chief Minister and leading BJP politician Manohar Parrikar, who died on Sunday aged 63 after battling pancreatic cancer. The Chief Minister is believed to have been battling advanced pancreatic cancer for more than a year, though the Goa state government did not confirm the exact nature

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How to end a water shortage? A frog marriage.

A marriage ceremony has been held for two frogs in Madhya Pradesh with a Minister of State in attendance, in a bid to end the state’s water shortage. The wedding took place in a bid to “appease the rain gods” and put an end to the state’s drought woes. Lalita Yadav, Minister of State for

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Tragedy in Gorakhpur: Newborns die, oxygen shortages to blame?

Thirty children have died in the last 48 hours (as of August 12) at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur district in Uttar Pradesh. Sixty had died if taking into account five days prior to August 12. The children were all aged below 12. Many of them were newborns. Investigations by the media revealed that the

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Cash for colleges: BJP bribery scandal in Kerala

The BJP faces accusations of institutionalised corruption in yet another scandal involving medical colleges. As controversy over the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh continues, a similar issue has arisen in Kerala. Allegations this time say approval for medical colleges by the Medical Council of India (MCI) is being obtained through bribes. This is according to

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No one questioned the Chief Minister: Double standards in Vyapam scam corruption case?

The Vyapam scam rocking the medical community in Madhya Pradesh implicates the Chief Minister in corruption, according to the Indian National Congress – who are calling for him to stand down. Shivraj Singh Chouhan – who has been Chief Minister since 2005 – is facing heat in the wake of the scandal, which has led to

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