Month: December 2016

Future of Indian Healthcare – Bird’s Eye View

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While healthcare is set to be worth 280 million by 2020, the current scenario needs to be reviewed and an effective action plan needs to be devised to make it prosper. The healthcare system is in India is mainly influenced by the four factors – the number of practicing doctors, the pharma industry, the medical equipments industry and the medical expenditures incurred.

Here’s an overview about the current scenario and the probable initiatives towards a booming healthcare system.


Doctors – World Health Organization states a ratio of 1:1000, viz one doctor per thousand patients against the fact sheet speaking about a current ratio of 1:1700. This stats already clears the fog on the availability of doctors and to say the least, there is definite scarcity of doctors in India. The reasons for the same could be many. One of which includes their reluctance to work in rural regions of India. Furthermore, the infrastructure in rural areas is extremely poor. There is unavailability of medical equipments, medicines and more.

Medical Equipments – Earlier the FDI offered by the government of India to the medical equipment industry was as good as nil. But in the last few years the government is offering cent percent FDI and it has served like a booster dose for the industry, affirmatively. Although, there are umpteen hi-tech healthcare equipments that still need to be imported ,making it an expensive affair. This results in affecting the expenses of the patients or consumers, who have to pay hefty sums to avail advanced healthcare services.

Medicines – The pharma industry is booming, yes but the common man is still not benefited as much. Many doctors prefer to prescribe expensive medicines to their patients which results in higher expenses . A survey states that over 4 crore people are in debt due to the exorbitant out of pocket expenses. The out of pocket costs mainly include the medical expenses that are not covered under insurance, the copay costs of healthcare and likes.

Action Plan – Introducing schemes like Janani shishu suraksha yojna in rural areas would be a good idea considering how well it has worked. Sorting out IMR and MMR and strengthening the PP model is needed as well. It also includes augmentation of infrastructure and encouraging doctors to work in rural areas by offering good remunerations, incentives and facilities. The government need to plan for cost friendly medical solutions in the rural areas of the country as well. Drastic steps in the direction of reducing out of pocket expenses to a great extent is, well, need of the hour.

On the brighter side, there are a lot of opportunities in store because the healthcare system in the urban areas seems to be all equipped with fitness and diagnostic chains, healthcare models, advanced medical setups and more. What is needed to boost this up though is innovative entrepreneurship. This can have a sizeable effect on the economic growth. Further, India is fast becoming a popular and sought after destination for medical tourism. Considering such high demand and potential, innovative entrepreneurship, well devised healthcare policies and initiatives can definitely make for a prospering healthcare system.


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Laboratory Stress Management – A Few Tips

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Working in the laboratory can be highly stressful. Managing stress effectively is a challenge but it isn’t impossible. Here are a few simple tips for managing stress in laboratory.

Laboratory Stress Management

Take a Deep Breath – When you are stressed out, breathing does not come so easily to you. So, when you feel you are under stress, just keep aside all your work and take a few deep breaths. Slowly breathe in through your nose, pause for sometime and exhale slowly again through your mouth. Continue to do this a few times and your will see the difference.

Slow & Steady Wins – True to the saying ‘slow and steady wins the race’, in a laboratory, it is essential to go slow and steady in order to reduce the possibility of errors and the stress they are bound to cause. Go slow but steady and you will see your work starts going smooth and error free.

Meditate – Meditation is a great way of reducing stress. There are different types of meditation styles. You can choose the one that you are comfortable with. It could be either meditation with the help of music or without it. Plan and dedicate some time daily for meditation and you will see how it helps you in a couple of weeks. It will not only reduce your stress but make you calm, patient and stronger as a person.

Positive Attitude – Attitude matters and affects everything you do. Every day begin with a positive attitude about a good and stress free day. Even if stress starts building up, stop and realign yourself, think about a positive and fulfilling day and restart work.

Take a short break – This one really works well. While working take a short break after every 2 to 3 hours of work. You can either take a short stroll outside or listen to a soothing song or music or relax. This will rejuvenate you for the coming hours and help keep stress at bay.

Avoid Distractions – With technology bringing information and connections to your pocket or palm, with so many messages, emails and forwards coming in regularly on your phone, it is bound to distract you and not let you concentrate on your work. So, while working as a practice, try stay away from the messages and emails. You may, well, check them when you are taking a break every couple of hours but not as and when they come in. This will not only waste your time but also effect your quality of work.

Follow a hobby – This is not while at work but as a part of your daily routine, try to follow some hobby of yours, be it painting, playing a musical instrument, dancing, gardening, exercise or yoga. Dedicate atleast 30 minutes a day to it and see how it effects your mental health in a positive way.

Try the aforementioned tips and see how they create a positive change in your work life or lab life rather.

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Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital , Bangalore, Karnataka