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Government to take district hospitals to medical college level: Amitabh Kant (https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/healthcare/biotech/healthcare/government-to-take-district-hospitals-to-medical-college-level-amitabh-kant/articleshow/62902147.cms)
The government is looking at taking district hospitals to the level of medical colleges, a move that will help address the issue of shortage of doctors, especially in rural areas, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said today.

Cost of delivery at govt hospitals highest in Manipur, Delhi: Survey (https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/hospitals/cost-of-delivery-at-govt-hospitals-highest-in-manipur-delhi-survey/62910092)
n 2011, the Centre had started the Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK) under which a pregnant woman was entitled to free delivery at government hospitals across India. But a state-wise breakup of delivery costs according to the Niti Ayog’s ‘Healthy States Progressive India Report' says that delivery at government hospitals continues to cost the poor a lot of money.

Private hospitals should pass price benefit to patients: Doctors (https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/hospitals/private-hospitals-should-pass-price-benefit-to-patients-doctors/62908773)
Some of the city’s leading cardiologists remain sceptical on whether the benefit of a price cut in cardiac stents would be passed on to patients this time. Stents constitute around 40% of the overall angioplasty cost.

Bengal first to opt out of Modi’s healthcare plan (https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/policy/bengal-first-to-opt-out-of-modis-healthcare-plan/62910032)
Bengal has become the first state to opt out of the ambitious National Health Protection Scheme unveiled in the Union Budget — and dubbed ‘Modicare’ — with chief minister Mamata Banerjee announcing on Tuesday that the state will not “waste” its hard-earned resources to contribute its share of 40% to the programme.

Modicare (https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/policy/modicare-like-option-in-esi-faces-heat-from-rss-affiliate/62901939) -like option in ESI faces heat from RSS affiliate (https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/policy/modicare-like-option-in-esi-faces-heat-from-rss-affiliate/62901939)
Even as the Narendra Modi government is chalking out modalities of what is touted as world’s largest healthcare scheme proposed in the Union Budget earlier this month, a trade union affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has raised questions over the benefits of the plan.

EAC-PM discuss ways to rollout of mega healthcare scheme (https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/policy/eac-pm-discuss-ways-to-rollout-of-mega-healthcare-scheme/62900042)
The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) Monday discussed possible modalities for implementing the world's largest health protection scheme announced in the Union Budget, said an official release.

Mohali: Fortis fined Rs 10 lakh for medical waste (https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/hospitals/fortis-fined-rs-10-lakh-for-medical-waste/62896826)
The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) on Monday imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Fortis hospital and directed the management to deposit a bank guarantee of Rs 25 lakh with it as an assurance to ensure compliance of Bio Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016, valid for one year.

Chennai-run hospitals not first choice for treatment of TB (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/state-run-hospitals-not-first-choice-for-treatment-of-tb/articleshow/62907690.cms)
At least three out of five people, particularly in rural areas, choose to visit private healthcare facilities for tuberculosis treatment before they enrol for free treatment at state-run hospitals including primary health care centres, a study by a group of scientists has found.
Corporate News
BCCL invests $7.8 M in Hyderabad-based health tech startup CallHealth (https://yourstory.com/2018/02/bccl-invests-7-8-m-hyderabad-based-health-tech-startup-callhealth/)
Hyderabad-based CallHealth has raised funds to the tune of $7.8 million from Bennett Coleman and Company Limited (BCCL).

US institute- (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/us-institute-nangias-start-cancer-hosp-in-midc/articleshow/62907340.cms) Nangias (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/us-institute-nangias-start-cancer-hosp-in-midc/articleshow/62907340.cms) start cancer hosp in MIDC (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/us-institute-nangias-start-cancer-hosp-in-midc/articleshow/62907340.cms)
Considering the ever-increasing incidence of cancer, especially in the region, American Oncology Institute (AOI) has started a 100-bedded cancer hospital along with other super specialities in the city in MIDC. Named Nangia Speciality Hospital, this is the fourth big dedicated cancer hospital to start in the city in last 2-3 years.

Fortis Healthcare issue under ICAI's 'consideration zone' (https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/healthcare/biotech/healthcare/fortis-healthcare-issue-under-icais-consideration-zone/articleshow/62902839.cms)
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) said it would look into the alleged financial irregularities at Fortis HealthcareBSE -6.07 %. The body will ascertain the auditors and accountants involved in Fortis and investigate any wrongdoing on their part, the new president of ICAI, Naveen ND Gupta, told reporters on Tuesday.
International News
Abu Dhabi’s VPS Healthcare in IPO talks, eyeing London listing (https://www.thenational.ae/business/exclusive-abu-dhabi-s-vps-healthcare-in-ipo-talks-eyeing-london-listing-1.704280)
Abu Dhabi-based VPS Healthcare is planning an initial public offering as it looks to tap new markets such as Saudi Arabia and expand into data-driven preventive health care, its chairman said.

Union calls on healthcare institutions to set out skills ladders for workers; plans to roll out soft skills courses (http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/union-calls-on-healthcare-institutions-to-set-out-skills-ladders-for-workers-plans-to-roll)
The healthcare union here is calling on hospitals and polyclinics to come up with defined skills ladders to help workers progress in their careers.

USAID holds African collaborative workshop for health financing solutions (http://www.ghananewsagency.org/health/usaid-holds-african-collaborative-workshop-for-health-financing-solutions-128633)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is collaborating with African countries to explore opportunities to help them achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the sub-region.
Technology Update
FDA Clears Canon Medical’s Vantage Galan 3T XGO Edition MRI for Better Brain Imaging (https://www.medgadget.com/2018/02/fda-clears-canon-medicals-vantage-galan-3t-xgo-edition-mri-better-brain-imaging.html)
Canon Medical Systems, previously known as Toshiba, won FDA clearance for its Vantage Galan 3T XGO Edition MRI scanner.

Halo Neuroscience’s Headset Zaps Your Brain To Train It (https://www.medgadget.com/2018/02/halo-neuroscience-neuropriming-headset.html)
While it is just a couple of milliamps of positive electric current (about what a 9-volt battery produces), as an engineer who has had to worry about maximum electrical current tolerances for creating safe medical devices, I admit that the thought of zapping my brain using a headset initially made me feel uneasy.

Wellness Industry is Booming and AromoxTherapy is Positioned to Transform Essential Oil and Natural Compound Delivery (https://www.medgadget.com/2018/02/halo-neuroscience-neuropriming-headset.html)
Aromox, Inc. is excited to announce the introduction of its new, patent-pending delivery system, called AromoxTherapy, that enhances the beneficial effects of natural compounds and essential oils by delivering them with 99% pure oxygen.
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