Happy Doctor's Day

(Wednesday, July 01, 2014) Doctor's Day is meant to be a day of celebration, but the rash of articles on medical corruption leave a bad taste in many doctors' mouths. Doctor bashing has always been popular, but we also need to worry about the imp...

Wise words from an expert IVF patient

(Wednesday, July 03, 2014) Often the best source of solace and comfort for infertile couples is another infertile patient - someone who has "been there, done that". I am fortunate that I am privileged to be a doctor to an expert IVF patient, from whom I learn so mu...

Trying to avoid IVF

(Wednesday, July 04, 2014) I recently received an e-mail from patient. He had obstructive azoospermia, and said - I desperately want to avoid doing IVF. Can you please offer me any medical solution for this problem? He had already spent many years and l...

Verbal armour for infertile couples

(Saterday, July 05, 2014) It’s easy to fumble for words when on the receiving end of a comment about fertility. Alice Domar, who runs the Domar Center for Mind-Body Health at Boston IVF, offers clients handy comebacks for common conversations. http://www....

What do patients want from their doctor ?

(Saterday, July 05, 2014) What do patients from their doctors ? They want doctors to be: Available Affordable Accessible Polite Respectful Competent Careful It seems to be a long list ! What d...

Fighting medical corruption in India

(Sunday, July 06, 2014) After blowing the lid off doctors taking cuts for referrals and prescribing treatment for profit, Dr Samiran Nundy suggests procedure audits and computerized records to right this wrong practice. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Home/S...

How patients can protect themselves from unnecessary surgery

(Sunday, July 06, 2014) Knee replacement surgeries have become very common in India, and many surgeons specializing in the procedure are said to be particularly knife happy. In India, the surgery can cost Rs 3-4 lakh including the implant, which alone would cost Rs 1...

How the 2014 Budget can improve healthcare

(Monday, May 07, 2014) Everyone has very high expectations from the new budget . Since one of the priorities for the budget is improving healthcare , I’d like to offer a suggestion which would fix a lot of problems which afflict our sick healthcare system tod...

Why the Indian Government should create a health portal for its citizens

(Monday, May 07, 2014) While the Indian government is rapidly adopting tools of e-governance to improve reach and transparency, there is still a lot of scope to using IT intelligently for improving healthcare in India. A great model to learn from is Canad...

Medical Journals Are an Extension of the Marketing Arm of Pharmaceutical Companies

(Monday, May 07, 2014) “Journals have devolved into information laundering operations for the pharmaceutical industry”, wrote Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet, in March 2004. In the same year, Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medici...