30 November, 2014

Healthcare in India

Someone very rightly once said "Health is Wealth".

We may be rich or poor, young or old... what makes are life better is a life free of any illnesses. And keeping our body & its wellness intact seems to be becoming an expensive affair... not just in India, but globally.

People running this business are faced with the problem of deciding between making the business break even v/s doing what the hospital is there for, that is take care of its patients in the best, most efficient way (the two needn't be mutually exclusive though).

Since building even a decent hospital/medical care setup takes loads of money, it is but natural for the people taking the initiative to look out to banks.... However, private equities wanting to put in money (and expecting 25 - 30 % returns in exchange) is a dangerous proposition to my mind... Whether it is Max group, Fortis or any of the other ones, one can easily note the trend in their billing... excessive tests, unnecessary scans, additional visiting charges, creating different types of specialized care or ICU... all a means to extract money from the patient... I wonder if the doctors are to blame at all, or if it is just the pressure from the management to "perform".

Having said that, there are interesting initiatives like Ziqitza, Eye Q, Lifecell Internation, taken by some PE funds, similar to what has been mentioned in the article below, which have made the most of the money they've got, and offered services that are scarce otherwise.

I am still not convinced that PE's putting money in healthcare is better for the society, but there doesn't seem to be any other option, since the government is a long way from even making basic clean facilities (leave alone sophisticated ones) available to all. 
I guess everything has a price... just that this one has a price too high.

23 November, 2014

Dependence - Independence

In the hope of helping them, we take their independence away...
With the wish of making them feel safer, we hold their hand all the way...
Little to we realize that we are actually stifling them...
Not letting them do what they want, the way they want...

Though the article in HT i read yesterday, by Namita Bhandare talks about the other end of the spectrum, the emotions are the same...

16 November, 2014

The Child Inside

I bounce around enjoying my time
Jumping over fences, kicking stones...
I don't care what people think,
infact it doesn't even occur to me to bother thinking...

Then suddenly, I grow up..
and I feel I realize the stares all around...
I realize that girls are not supposed to jump fences & kick stones

I am not sure it is good to be aware..
or if it is better to not care...
'cause the society seems to penalize you either way..

09 November, 2014

Age

Age is a funny thing...

It makes us wiser, but gives us lesser opportunities to apply the wisdom...
It makes us  more experienced, but rarely provides for people (willing to hear ;))to share this experience with...