Covid-19 and health insurance

Covid-19 came much like a tsunami- three unexpected giant waves which swept many people away into poverty. Health insurance in India does not seem to be doing its job. As it is, India has one of the highest out-of-pocket expenditures in the world, around 65% and Covid-19 has only amplified and deepened this issue. Continue reading “Covid-19 and health insurance”

Violence Against Doctors In India

We have heard of several incidents of relatives or friends of patients beating up doctors and frequent protests by doctors demanding better security measures. This leads to disruption of healthcare for patients, who the perpetrators sought to help, as well as growing resentment and mistrust between doctors and the public. Why is this occurring? Is it because doctors in India are incompetent, indifferent or corrupt? Or is it the result of the broken healthcare system in our country? Continue reading “Violence Against Doctors In India”

Antibiotic misuse in India and role of patients

India has one of the highest burden of infectious diseases globally and antibiotic misuse is rampant in India. Covid-19 pandemic¬† saw sky-rocketing sales of antimicrobials. Several thousand deaths, especially of infants, is the result of antimicrobial resistance. Not only humans, but animals also die of AMR due to illegal use in veterinary sector. Poor effluent treatment by pharmaceutical manufacturers and biomedical waste mismanagement has contaminated water bodies. Continue reading “Antibiotic misuse in India and role of patients”