Budget may raise health spending by 11%

Articles       Jan 18, 2018

New Delhi: India is poised to raise its public health spending by 11 percent in the annual budget next month, after rejecting the health minister's demand for a much bigger increase to ramp up disease control, according to government sources and documents.    Health Minister JP...

As PM2.5 emission norms kick in, threat from finer particles will emerge: Experts

Articles       Jan 17, 2018

Better technology may not end the pollution crisis. Rather, it would allow one to monitor even finer particles which would become new health threats.  While currently particle effluents in air -- PM10 and PM2.5, or particles with diameter less than 10 and 2.5 micrometers --...

Govt may stall plan to cut drug prices after facing resistance from pharma companies

Indian News       Jan 12, 2018

Mumbai: India’s proposal to curb drug prices by stripping generic medicines of their brand names has stalled after the plan faced pushback from the country’s pharmaceutical companies, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.   The Draft Pharmaceutical Policy circulated last summer by the Department...

California legalises recreational marijuana sale

Facts       Jan 01, 2018

San Francisco:California has begun its first historic legal sales of recreational marijuana, inaugurating a milestone move with projections pointing to a turnover of at least $7 billion a year.  Lines formed outside stores licensed to sell the drug long before opening hours on Monday, and...

Need affordable healthcare in India: Venkaiah Naidu

Indian News       Dec 30, 2017

KOLKATA: Making quality healthcare available to the masses is the most pressing need of the hour, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu today said.   The government and the states should spend more on health sector and all stakeholders must focus more on medical services, Naidu said during...

Santa Claus May Be At Serious Health Risk: Experts

Articles       Dec 24, 2017

London: Santa Claus is adored by youngsters the world over, but he could be setting a bad example when it comes to his physical health and mental well being, according to UK doctors.   Centuries of sherry-drinking, eating mince pies and working night shifts could be...

Private bill in RS proposes health to be made a fundamental right

Indian News       Dec 17, 2017

NEW DELHI: A right to health under which people are entitled to avail health protection services free of cost should be in place on the lines of the right to education, according to a private member bill introduced in the Rajya Sabha.   YSR Congress MP...

Karnataka HC strikes down 85% pictorial warning rule for tobacco products

Indian News       Dec 15, 2017

BENGALURU: The Karnataka High Court today struck down the 2014 amendment rules that mandated pictorial health warnings to cover 85 per cent of tobacco product packaging space, holding that they violated Constitutional norms.   However, the court made it clear that the 40 per cent pictorial...

G Srinivasan, CMD, New India Assurance

New India bags Rajasthan’s Rs 1200 cr Health Insurance Project

Indian News       Dec 11, 2017

Mumbai: New India Assurance, the largest general insurer in the county, has bagged Rajasthan’s Health Insurance Project.  The total insurance premium involved in the health insurance project is more than Rs.1200 crores per annum with the State bearing Rs 1,261 per family. Under the project...

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Won't tolerate open loot, negligence by pvt hospitals:Kejriwal

Indian News       Dec 08, 2017

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said his government will not tolerate "open loot and criminal negligence" by private hospitals, hours after the licence of Max Hospital at Shalimar Bagh was cancelled.   He said the AAP government was "very sensitive" in both education...

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