As high out-of-pocket healthcare expenses pose heavy financial burden on the families, Government of India is considering a variety of financing and delivery options to universalize health care services. Hence, an estimate of the cost of delivering universal health care services is needed.

Can we grasp an opportunity to provide health services to all Indians? (Editorial)

Three scientists who unlocked secrets of the body’s immune system, opening doors to new vaccines and cancer treatments, won the 2011 Nobel prize for medicine today.

DM Foundation, part of DM Healthcare Group that has presence across the Gulf countries and India, has launched a health portal in Malayalam.

A close examination of the ongoing debates on universal access to healthcare, both in national and international fora, reveals a plurality of ideological perspectives and motivations on how universal access can be achieved. This statement, issued at the end of a recent meeting of “participant observers”, brings their insights and concerns about universal access to healthcare.

When we consider that expenditure on medicines in India accounts for 50% to 80% of treatment costs, India’s pharmaceutical success has clearly not translated into availability or affordability of medicines for all. As part of Universal Access to Healthcare, good quality healthcare should be accessible, affordable, and available to all in need.

The Government of India set up the ‘Health Survey and Development Committee’, popularly known as the ‘Bhore Committee’ in 1943 to draw up the scheme of health services for the newly emerging independent India. The recommendations made by the committee remain a landmark in the development of health services in the country and continue to inspire the health workers in the country in their struggle for developing pro-people health system.

The Planning Commission’s High Level Expert Group has given its provisional progress report on developing a framework for universal health coverage. Its mandate is to suggest a strategy for universal health coverage rather than a universal healthcare system. The latter would be geared to a progressive socialisation of healthcare based on human rights.

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) yesterday opened country's first bio-safety laboratory to protect its scientists and technicians from infliction of viral onslaughts during research work.

US ambassador in Dhaka James F Moriarty inaugurated the lab.

ICDDR'B officials said the new facility would help researchers to handle the deadly viruses with more p

The debate over 'cashless payments' misses the real point: What we really need is health insurance for all, not just the few people in cities who can afford high premiums and meet absurd 'cherry picking" conditions. And such a system is not only feasible, it exists in many countries.

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