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Cat parasite linked to brain cancer

July 27, 2011

An infectious parasite spread by cats may be a cause of brain cancer in humans, research suggests. The single-celled organism Toxoplasma gondii infects about a third of the world’s population. Often it causes no symptoms, but the parasite can be fatal to unborn babies and damage the nerve systems of people with weak immune systems. The new study shows a positive correlation between rates of infection by T. gondii and brain cancer incidence around the world.

Scientists collected global data on brain cancers in men and women and compared them with figures on T. gondii prevalence. Adjusting for a range of factors that can influence brain cancer statistics, the researchers found that cancer rates went up with greater exposure to the parasite. Across the range of infection prevalence, from 4% to 67% of the population, T. gondii was associated with a 1.8-fold increase in the risk of brain cancer. Read more…


Cayman Isles target Americans for medical tourism

March 24, 2011

A renowned Indian heart surgeon has struck a deal to build a 2,000-bed healthcare city in the Cayman Islands to target American patients and insurers searching for deeply discounted medical care.

The British Caribbean territory agreed to the deal with Dr. Devi Shetty, a low-cost healthcare pioneer renowned as Mother Teresa’s heart surgeon. The Caymans fulfilled its part of the bargain last week by passing legislation that caps medical negligence claims at $600,000.

The tiny, affluent territory west of Jamaica has 55,000 residents and is under pressure from Britain to diversify its economy and move away from its tax haven image. Read more…


Nuclear hazard

March 16, 2011
Dear Friends,

There was a nuclear blast 4:30pm Sunday in Fukushima Japan. If it rains today or in the next few days, DO NOT GO IN THE RAIN. If you get caught out, use an umbrella or raincoat, even if it’s only a drizzle. Radioactive particles, which may cause burns, alopecia or even cancer, may be if it rain.

BBC flash news:

“Japan government confirms radiation leak at Fukushima nuclear plants. Asian countries should take necessary precautions. If it rains, remain indoors first 24hours, close doors and windows, swab neck skin with beta-dine where thyroid area is, radiation hits thyroid first.”

Take extra, radiation may hit Philippines starting 4pm (Pinas time) today!

Stay safe and remind everyone you know

Service tax on healthcare totally unjustified

March 4, 2011

The budget proposal to levy a 5% service tax on all services provided by centrally air-conditioned clinical establishments has stirred up a storm. Industry insiders say unless the government supports the sector, healthcare will be unaffordable for 90% of the population.

However, the CBEC Chairman S Dutt Majumder has defended the levy. Said Majumder, “In course of time when the GST is coming, most of the service would be there. So I don’t see any reason. Plus we’re not touching the Aam Janta because the government hospitals are out, less than 25 players and central are out. It was already there last year. But what was there was that it was happening through the insurance scheme. And actually in effect, none was getting any benefit. because insurance companies used to tell the people, that you go and pay it and get reimbursement from us, because if they’re paying it directly there is no service tax, so we were not getting any tax at all, so now at least through the insurance, it will be more facilitative for the people.” Read more…


Axe Health Tax

March 2, 2011
Dear Aam Aadmi,

You are probably aware that the Indian Government has proposed a 5% service tax on health care in the recent budget. What are its implications? It simply means that if you undergo any heart operation and spend Rupees one lakh for the surgery, then you must pay Rupees 5,000 more to the Government as service tax. If you are unfortunate to be diagnosed with cancer and have to undergo a major surgery, followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy, be prepared to shell out an extra 20,000 Rupees as Service Tax alone.
This is not “Service Tax”, it is a “Misery Tax” since the Government wants to make money out of your misery. Please do not think that only rich people will be taxed since the proposal says only air conditioned hospitals need to pay the tax. No surgery, simple or complex, can be performed without an air-conditioned Operation Theatre. Legally, a blood bank cannot get license without air-conditioning. CT, MRI and Catheterization labs do not function without air-conditioning. Simply put, hospitals cannot function without air-conditioning!

Why our Government does not have the moral right to tax health care?1. Our Government spends less than 1% of the GDP on health care. The only major Asian nation which spends less than our Government is Pakistan. Even the Governments of sub-Saharan Africa spend more for health care than us.
2. 80% of the health care cost of the nation is paid out of your pocket with hard earned money.
3. Today, almost 90% of those in need of tertiary treatment die a slow and painful death because they cannot afford surgical treatment. The remaining ten percent of the people who can afford end up spending a better part of their life’s savings for treatment.
4. Even poor villagers who pay 5 to 10 rupees per month for micro-health insurance must pay 10% service tax. Service tax on health insurance will only make health insurance unaffordable for the ‘Aam Aadmi’.If you want to prevent heart attack or cancer and want to undergo preventive health check up, you will have to pay an additional Rupees 500 to the Government. This is the best disincentive to people willing to consider preventive health check up. Health care cost is the commonest reason for the rural indebtedness. One sick person in the family can bring them down below the poverty line perpetually.
The main reason for the high cost of health care in India is the already existent high tax component, without even considering the proposed service tax. Hospitals pay central sales tax, custom duty, luxury tax, entry tax, VAT, excise duty and electricity bills at the highest tariff levels. Approximately, 25% of the construction cost of the hospital goes to the Government in some form of tax. With all these prevailing Government taxes, how can the hospitals provide affordable health care to you?

What you need to do.

Let’s choose 12th of March as the ‘Misery Day’. On this day, all the citizens of your State must gather near the Governor’s house in the State capital with a petition to roll back the proposed Service Tax.

Please carry banners saying:
“British Raj taxed salt and our government taxes on our miseries”
“Please roll back health care tax”
“It’s not about service tax, it’s about affordable health care”

You need no leader to guide and organize. Each one of you is a leader. Please contact everyone you know by phone or SMS and ask them to assemble near the Governor’s house at 11 AM on the 12th March. Please address the media with facts. We are not against any Government or any political party. We want the right policy to make health care affordable to the ‘Aam Aadmi’.

Axe the Health Tax!

1. We want Service Tax, both old and new, to be withdrawn for all variety of services including diagnostic services, payment by insurance companies etc.
2. We want all varieties of taxes like central sales tax, custom duty, VAT on health sector to be withdrawn for at least ten years till all citizens have access to affordable health care.

We have a dream to see India becoming the first country in the world to dissociate health care from affluence and we want this to happen within our life time. Only we can do it, because we produce 28 million babies a year, who if educated well, can create an thriving industry with the Government’s support. If we do this, we would have lived up to the dream of our leader Jawaharlal Nehru “to wipe away every tear from every eye”.

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Maastricht Univ of Netherlands inks research pact with NIMHANS

December 13, 2010

Maastricht University, a global university in Netherlands is now gearing up to tap the translational research partnership opportunities with leading life sciences and medical research centres in the country.Click here…

From Hill Station to Healthcare Hub

December 11, 2010

Five to ten years back, for corporates eying Eastern India, there was no better place than Kolkata for setting up private healthcare institutes. And why not? Besides the yawning demand supply gap, the well-established medical infrastructure, Kolkata has always been the gateway to the East that received a regular stream of patients from the North Eastern states and even from the neighbouring countries of Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. However, in the last few years, private hospital groups with their feet firmly set in Kolkata have been found scouting for newer destinations for augmenting their network and their search has ended with Siliguri in Darjeeling district of West Bengal (WB).Read more…

How to to stay clear of breast cancer

December 3, 2010

Breast cancer accounts for 10.4 percent of all cancer incidence among women, making it the most common type of non-skin cancer in women.
Women below the age of 35 years, who have been using oral contraceptive pills for more than 10 years, are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer. So consult a doctor before popping those pills.Read more…

Using technology to put healthcare on a fast track

December 2, 2010

Dispur today announced an ambitious scheme to introduce technology-based healthcare services in the state to overcome shortage of doctors and ensure fast and affordable treatment for patients.
Health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said technology could play a crucial role in the healthcare sector and Assam would fully exploit the same.
He said the government was in touch with several leading IT firms in the country to use technology in radiological investigation in all medical colleges and district hospitals in Assam. Read more…

Foreign docs plump for city hospitals(THE TIMES OF INDIA 24/11/2010)

November 27, 2010

Bangalore: Medical tourism is old hat. Now, foreign doctors visiting India is a growing trend. As many as 48 (almost three a month) international doctors who registered with the Karnataka Medical Council in 2010, visit hospitals in Bangalore.
These doctors, who come from various countries including smaller ones like Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia, stay here for a few months to a year to perform surgeries together or even to train themselves. As per KMC records, the trend is on the rise.Read more…