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Mar 2, 2015

Exclusive: Payment delays dent India’s flagship health, AIDS programs

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s main public health programs, aimed at millions of rural poor, have been in disarray for months because the government changed the way that over $1.3 billion in federal funds were distributed, according to data and letters seen by Reuters.

In a bid last year to give India’s states more power, the federal health ministry started sending funds for public health programs to state treasuries, instead of direct transfers to its regional arms.

Mar 2, 2015

Payment delays dent India’s flagship health, AIDS programmes

NEW DELHI, March 3 (Reuters) – India’s main public health
programmes, aimed at millions of rural poor, have been in
disarray for months because the government changed the way that
over $1.3 billion in federal funds were distributed, according
to data and letters seen by Reuters.

In a bid last year to give India’s states more power, the
federal health ministry started sending funds for public health
programmes to state treasuries, instead of direct transfers to
its regional arms.

Feb 28, 2015

India keeps tight rein on public health spending in 2015-16 budget

NEW DELHI, Feb 28 (Reuters) – India’s federal government on
Saturday kept its healthcare budget for 2015-16 on a tight leash
and asked states to contribute more funds for running the
country’s flagship health programmes.

The government announced 297 billion rupees ($4.81 billion)
for its main health department, roughly 2 percent higher than
current year’s revised budget of 290 billion rupees.

Feb 25, 2015

Modi likely to keep tight rein on health spending – sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is unlikely to announce any significant increase in its health budget for the financial year that begins in April, two sources said, dampening hopes the central government would allocate more funds to overhaul the public health system.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government will present its first full-year budget on Feb. 28 for the fiscal year 2015/16. Modi has vowed to revamp India’s healthcare sector and make services more affordable, and accessible, for the poor.

Feb 25, 2015

India PM Modi likely to keep tight rein on health spending-sources

NEW DELHI, Feb 25 (Reuters) – India is unlikely to announce
any significant increase in its health budget for the financial
year that begins in April, two sources said, dampening hopes the
federal government would allocate more funds to overhaul the
public health system.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government will present its
first full-year budget on Feb. 28 for the fiscal year 2015/16.
Modi has vowed to revamp India’s healthcare sector and make
services more affordable, and accessible, for the poor.

Feb 13, 2015

India sees rapid rise in swine flu deaths and cases

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has seen a sharp rise in the number of swine flu deaths and reported cases this year, prompting officials to investigate the cause and step up efforts to combat the virus.

The H1N1 virus caused 485 deaths in India between Jan. 1 and Feb. 12, additional health secretary Arun Kumar Panda told reporters on Friday.

Feb 13, 2015
via India Insight

India needs 10-15 years to roll out universal health plan: KPMG

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India will struggle to become a global superpower without an efficient healthcare system, and would need 10 to 15 years to cover everyone under its ambitious universal health coverage programme, KPMG’s global health chief said.

Under the National Health Assurance Mission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government would provide all citizens with free drugs and diagnostic treatment, as well as insurance cover to treat serious ailments.

Feb 11, 2015

Insight – Deserted New Delhi hospitals sour India’s healthcare dream

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Two state-of-the-art public hospitals in New Delhi are barely operational years after they officially opened – not for lack of funding but because officials did not spend the millions of dollars allocated to treat heart and kidney patients.

The empty hospitals in the heart of the Indian capital are emblematic of the paralysis gripping a public health system that is responsible for some of the world’s worst health indicators. Many of the country’s 1.2 billion people have a choice between expensive private care, or no care at all.

Feb 11, 2015

Deserted New Delhi hospitals sour India’s healthcare dream

NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Two state-of-the-art public
hospitals in New Delhi are barely operational years after they
officially opened – not for lack of funding but because
officials did not spend the millions of dollars allocated to
treat heart and kidney patients.

The empty hospitals in the heart of the Indian capital are
emblematic of the paralysis gripping a public health system
that is responsible for some of the world’s worst health
indicators. Many of the country’s 1.2 billion people have a
choice between expensive private care, or no care at all.

Jan 29, 2015

Uber, other taxi-hailing apps hit new roadblock in Delhi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – New Delhi’s transport department has written to U.S. taxi hailing company Uber Technologies Inc detailing problems with its application for a licence in the city, further complicating the firm’s ability to operate in India’s capital.

While the letter, or “deficiency memo”, is not a rejection of Uber’s application, the company will have to resubmit a portion of it to be granted a licence, a government official said.

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      "Aditya is part of the India politics, economy and general news team at the Reuters bureau in New Delhi. After joining Reuters in July 2008, Aditya spent nearly six years managing content and writing for the Reuters.com India edition. During 2013-14, he was closely involved in developing the website's India Insight platform, writing on topics ranging from business and politics to stocks and mutual funds. Follow him on Twitter @adityakalra"
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