The cord blood stem cell banking scam

Every parent who delivers in an up-market hospital in India today is told by their doctor to go ahead and store their umbilical cord blood stem cells of the baby. They made a lot of promises about how valuable these stem cells are; about how in case the baby has a prob...

How IVF clinics harass their patients

IVF treatment can be stressful, but the real tragedy is that IVF clinics often make it unnecessarily complex for their patients. They just add to their poor patient's stress levels by doing lots of superfluous stuff. This starts even before the IVF cycle begins. F...

Why do doctors charge so little ?

Both doctors and patients have completely different perspectives as regards how much they should be paying for medical services. The public, the press and the politicians feel that doctors have become greedy and mercenary, and are just out to make money. A doctor...

DoSelect raises a seed round

Dr. Aniruddha Malpani, a Mumbai Angel investor stated, “We’re very excited about investing in DoSelect. Hiring great coders is the key to every company’s success in this day and age, where technology is becoming an organisation’s competitive advantage. DoSelect’s cuttin...

Why did this IVF patient receive such poor quality care ?

I received this email from a patient. Greetings!! I am a regular follower of your blogs and appreciate the importance you give to availability of free information to your patients. I want advice from you regarding my failed IVF cycle here in Delhi, I am 34 years old...

Healing healthcare by speaking up

Lots of doctors find what I say uncomfortable. I've found that calling a spade a spade makes you unpopular, because even while people may agree with you in their heart of hearts, they're not sure they want some of these dirty secrets being laundered in public. That's wh...

Scrapping Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes will reduce medical corruption

We all know that the Indian healthcare system is riddled with corruption. This exists at many levels. Doctors demand cash payments from patients under the table ( sometimes even while the patient is in the Operation Theater, when the family is desperate and vulnerabl...

The doctor's dilemma: damned if you do, and damned if you don't

I was talking to a leading cardiologist about the recent controversy over treating patients with statins in order to lower their elevated cholesterol level.  He finds himself in a bind, because he doesn't believe in prescribing them routinely. However, if he decides not...

Violence against doctors - Why doctors don't trust patients anymore

Why implantation failure is a useless diagnosis

When an IVF cycle fails, the first question the  patient asks the doctor is, "What went wrong?". The standard reply is, " Your diagnosis is failed implantation." The patient is happy that the doctor has finally made a diagnosis , and he is comforted that now that the do...