ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Integration of Health Services for Older Persons in Urban India

This paper presents a review of the available literature on integrated care for older persons in the urban context in India. Our methodology is a systematically conducted scoping review. Our findings present the epidemiological and demographic profiles of older persons in India, the health services available to them, and the policies and programmes that govern these services. Based on our review, we provide an understanding of the gaps in the available literature and offer some policy recommendations.

China's One- or Two-child Policy

The announcement of the shift from a one-child to two-child policy at the fifth plenum of the 18th Party Congress of the Communist Party of China in October 2015 has brought the population debate back to the forefront. The social consequences of the policy have been severe, repercussions of which will reverberate for generations to come. This is a lesson for India that it should be warned once more of such coercive measures and their impacts.

Lifting Drug Price Controls in China

The recent move to deregulate drug prices in China has the potential to fester into a public healthcare disaster. Disruptive practices by hospitals and pharmaceutical companies could completely negate the positive effects of healthcare reforms over four decades.

The Transformation of Charitable Hospitals

As the lines between for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals get blurred due to market forces, the mission of affordable healthcare becomes the biggest casualty.

The Transformation of Charitable Hospitals

The reported dismissal of two doctors in one of Delhi's most prestigious charitable hospitals points to the growing commercialisation of the medical profession and the struggle of not-for-profit health services to operate amid the proliferation of for-profit hospitals. 

Blurring of Boundaries: Public-Private Partnerships in Health Services in India

This paper traces the evolution, structure and characteristics of public-private partnerships in healthcare over the last six decades. It argues that these partnerships have broken down the traditional boundaries between the market and the state, leading to the emergence of multiple actors with multiple roles and newer institutional arrangements that have redefined their role, power and authority. The fragmentation of role and authority has serious consequences for comprehensiveness, governance and accountability of health services.

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