The health sector is a key economic sector and a job generator. The aggregate size of the world’s health sector is over US$ 5.8 trillion per year. Across the OECD countries, employment in health and social work grew by 48% between 2000 and 2014, while jobs in industry and agriculture declined.

The Rapid Survey on Children shows a new trend of an increased access to healthcare by marginalised communities like Dalits, Adivasis and Other Backward Classes which have made substantial gains in the last decade. However much needs to be achieved in the realm of nutrition and sanitation where these communities remain acutely deprived.

The mohalla or community clinics run by the Delhi government could be termed populist but have the potential to meet the needs of the people, make basic healthcare accessible and decongest higher level health facilities. These could also prove to be a landmark in health service delivery in India.

Successive Governments of India have promised to transform India's unsatisfactory health-care system, culminating in the present government's promise to expand health assurance for all. Despite substantial improvements in some health indicators in the past decade, India contributes disproportionately to the global burden of disease, with health indicators that compare unfavourably with other middle-income countries and India's regional neighbours. Large health disparities between states, between rural and urban populations, and across social classes persist.

The outrageous price rise of the 62-year-old drug, Daraprim (Pyrimethamine) has sent the United States medical fraternity into a dizzy. The price of the drug was raised from USD 13.50 to USD 750 per pill in just over a month. This obnoxious price rise of over 5,000% came after the New York-based pharmaceutical company Turing Pharmaceuticals acquired the patent for the drug from Impax Laboratories. (Editorial)

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PIL filed by Jan Swasthaya Abhiyan in 2015 regarding handing over of 300 primary health centres to private parties for running them according to "Run a PHC Scheme" dated 14/09/2015. This petition impugns the Rajasthan Government's cabinet decision no. 124 of 2015 by which it was decided to handover 90 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) to private parties for running them according to "Run a PHC Scheme". Subsequently a further decision may have been taken by the cabinet to extend the handing over of 300 PHCs.

The draft National Health Policy 2015 is an improvement over its predecessors--the policies of 1984 and 2002. However, it also reveals several gaps, inconsistencies and blind spots which tend to dilute otherwise constructive proposals. The purpose of this article is to open up the draft to further public debate and comment.

National Treasury Cabinet secretary Henry Rotich and the Japan International Cooperation Agency will today sign a Sh3.2 billion health sector loan for the Attainment of Universal Health Coverage, J

Kenya has joined the growing list of countries that have embraced a new form of delivering healthcare services to make it more accessible and affordable.

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have devised an entirely new approach to vaccines - creating immunity without vaccination.

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