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Karan Thakur

Do hospitals need a ratings agency?

Monday, 29 Jan 2018 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

It is time for a healthcare rating movement to take shape. But along with it, accreditation, self-regulation and improved doctor-patient communication is a must Every crisis is an opportunity. Healthcare and more particularly hospitals, stand at an inflection point today. 2017 was a watershed year for the sector. A price capping...

Patents must for healthcare innovation

Monday, 01 Jan 2018 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

Given our strengths with a young demographic, highly educated and innovative work-force, India must do more to protect IPR and encourage innovation. Failing to do so will hamper our growth trajectory as a KITE superpower in the world The national capital recently played host to the first World Conference on Access...

Pollution control, health policy convergence

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

Even as parts of north India are caught in the throes of a major public health emergency, and there have been calls to take urgent steps to mitigate the toxic air, the problem lies with the existing framework. It’s time for some hard policy decisions Much of north India has...

Moving the needle on health output

Tuesday, 31 Oct 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

It is encouraging that the Government has embarked on a task to rate Government hospitals based on their performance. However, while doing so, it should be mindful of using the P4P model which has been in vogue. Learning from existing models across the world is the way forward The Union Government,...

Healthcare convergence is need of hour

Monday, 18 Sep 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

That the Government wants to ensure cost containment in health services is welcome. However, price control is a blunt instrument which will effect change through dictate but not fully resolve a vexing issue. More systemic and holistic reforms are needed The Government of India has embarked on price controls on drugs,...

Gorakhpur and the missing health cadre

Monday, 21 Aug 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

If India has to ensure that no more Gorakhpur-like incidents happen, the establishment of a professionally and prudently run health system must be the first step in this direction. Equally, it is important have a roadmap on the creation, delineation of roles and deployment mechanism The heart-wrenching tragedy that continues to...

Mind the gap: Health workforce shortage

Monday, 07 Aug 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

India is witnessing rapid expansion of healthcare infrastructure but challenges remain. Shortage of qualified medical professionals; non-availability of resources and medical professionals have complicated problems. Governments must address the challenges as sum part of the whole India is witnessing rapid expansion of healthcare infrastructure with both public and private sector investing...

Unique solutions to emerging challenges

Monday, 10 Jul 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

The Indian health system must orient its resources and policy outlook towards challenges posed by cardiovascular disease, cancers and respiratory illnesses. While a multitude of priorities need focus, the challenge from ageing presents a social, moral and health obligation towards the elderly India has been recognised as a country of the...

Achche din for medical education

Monday, 12 Jun 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

The Government must be lauded for the efforts it has taken to reform medical education in India. However, more needs to be done. The pace needs to be hastened further because institutionalising reforms and capacity creation have long gestation times and are capital intensive The Union Ministry of Health and Family...

Emerging risks in an age of Big Data

Monday, 29 May 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

Undoubtedly, the adoption of digital technologies will make the Indian health system more accessible, equitable and technologically advanced. But as this digital shift happens, there will also be lingering safety and security challenges that need to be addressed and resolved The world has been reeling under a sustained and coordinated global...


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