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What will 2018 bring?

| Updated on January 09, 2018

The fortnight ahead heralds a New Year that will see much more discussion on healthcare, its rising prices and the need for greater governance. Unlike earlier, when medicine prices were a key concern, the last year has seen medical devices and more recently hospitals too coming under the Government radar. The year ahead will see hopefully a better regulation of medical education with the proposed National Medical Council Bill, once the Government irons out problem areas with the doctors.

More States are also going to look at bringing in their versions of the Centre's Clinical Establishment Act to regulate hospital operations. Maharashtra is looking to address the practice of cuts and commissions seen between doctors, hospitals and diagnostic labs, for example. In the pharmaceutical universe, cases pending on price control and clinical trials will pull into this year. Both have mammoth implications on patient health and safety.

Published on December 29, 2017

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