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Sunday, October 24, 2021

K. Sujatha Rao

The writer is former Union Health Secretary, Government of India.

On Digital Health ID, proceed with caution
Thu, Oct 07, 2021

K. Sujatha Rao writes: Government must weigh all pros and cons, learn from experiences of other countries to ensure that a good policy does not die due to poor implementation.

India must allow children to return to classrooms
Sat, Aug 07, 2021

Parents’ fears are legitimate, but children have suffered huge learning losses. It is the responsibility of the government to find the best and safest ways to reopen schools.

We need a vaccine policy based on fairness and justice, not the current Centre vs state vs private sector mess
Fri, Jun 04, 2021

The convoluted policy is not ‘muddled’ but well thought through to deflect attention from Centre’s own mismanagement onto the states

Helping states combat Covid-19 is Centre’s fundamental duty
Tue, Apr 27, 2021

It also makes economic sense as by centralising procurement and being the sole buyer, the central government gets the market power to obtain highly competitive rates and ensure robust quality in vaccines

How Rajasthan can make its Right to Health promise work
Fri, Mar 19, 2021

The state must prioritise removing malnutrition, give uncompromising priority to improving primary health infrastructure

People’s confidence is a must for a successful roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

The need of the hour is winning this battle that has drained us economically, socially and psychologically. That said, the decision to roll out the vaccine is a good start. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

National Medical Commission is no cure-all, many important questions remain
Fri, Aug 02, 2019

The excessive reliance on a battery of diagnostic tests is reflective of both commercial considerations as well as weak knowledge. Students spending lakhs to become doctors resort to unethical practices to recoup their investment and pollute the system.

Let’s politicise health
Thu, Jun 27, 2019

It is time the political leadership adopted a zero-tolerance policy to laxity in healthcare.

Healthcare system hanging on hospital insurance without foundation of primary care is unsustainable
Tue, Apr 09, 2019

Notwithstanding the divergent approaches of the BJP and the Congress to health system development, there is room for ensuring that the elected government adopts a balanced approach based on evidence and sets pathways that will help build, in the long term, a sustainable, equitable and affordable health system.

Insurance, false assurance
Wed, Oct 31, 2018

Enhancing healthcare access requires reducing supply gaps, not giving vouchers and increasing demand.

Is India ready for NHPS?
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

National Health Protection Scheme redefines the role of the state — a service provider to the financier. It won’t be easy.

Health tips
Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Instead of cancelling hospital licences, bring in patient centric laws, institutional capacity to enforce them.

Health mustn’t hinge on wealth
Wed, Dec 24, 2003

When the “buy one, take one free” sales pitch hits the market for healthcare, it is time to sit up. “Buy a heart bypass and t...