India’s Modi launches ‘world’s largest’ health insurance scheme

India’s government has launched one of the world’s largest publicly-funded health insurance schemes, set to cover some 500 million people. The Ayushman Bharat programme, dubbed “Modicare” after Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised health cover worth 500 000 rupees ($6 900) to every low-income family to treat serious ailments. At the occasion of its official roll … Continue reading India’s Modi launches ‘world’s largest’ health insurance scheme

Notes From Havana: Healthcare – Lessons for South Africa

In a perspective titled On Revolutionary Medicine, Che Guevara, a medical doctor by profession and a revolutionary Internationalist par excellence, said in 1960 that “the work that today is entrusted to the Ministry of Health and similar organisations is to provide public health services for the greatest possible number of persons, institute a programme of … Continue reading Notes From Havana: Healthcare – Lessons for South Africa

Revamping Patient-Reported Outcomes for Medicare Advantage Plans

Using patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data could be a better measure for risk adjustment payments for Medicare Advantage plans, but better strategies for collecting PRO data must first be developed, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) are indicators of functional status that the patient gives to their medical providers. … Continue reading Revamping Patient-Reported Outcomes for Medicare Advantage Plans

What 21st Century Health Care Should Learn from 20th Century Business

Health care today has a complexity problem. Progress has produced major medical advances, but health care’s traditional organizational structure is buckling. Knowledge has increased the number of therapeutic options for most conditions — but also the number of people involved in delivering care. The result: Clinicians have trouble collaborating. Patients have trouble navigating the system. … Continue reading What 21st Century Health Care Should Learn from 20th Century Business

Review of SA’s 15 years of compulsory community service for doctors

The SA experience of compulsory Community Service (CS) over the first 15 years has been ‘overwhelmingly positive’, largely meeting objectives of redistribution of health professionals and professional development, found a University of Cape Town study.  However, better mentoring and support was needed, as well as more effort to keep doctors in rural areas afterwards. The report says between 1998, … Continue reading Review of SA’s 15 years of compulsory community service for doctors