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21st August, 2017
Affordability or quality of service? Choose both
Dr KK Aggarwal
Every citizen in the country has a right to receive safe and quality medical treatment. Achieving universal health coverage is a target (3.8) under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 3). All member states of the UN including India have committed to try to provide universal health coverage to all their citizens by the year 2030. Universal health coverage means good quality health care that is Available, Accessible, Affordable and Accountable.
 
The Institute of Medicine, USA (IOM, 1990) has defined quality in health care as "the degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge". The American Medical Association (AMA, 1991) has defined quality as "the degree to which care services influence the probability of optimal patient outcome".
 
When a patient seeks health care, he/she looks for availability, quality and affordability. Safety, desired outcome of treatment and respect are becoming more and more important to the patients today.
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Lifestyle changes and stress can cause premature ovarian failure in women
Although the condition cannot be reversed, certain treatments and lifestyle changes can control associated symptoms and risk
 
New Delhi, 20 August 2017: A recent survey has indicated that about 4% of Indian women experience signs of menopause between 29 and 34 years of age. This is alarming given the fact that most women reach menopause between the age of 45 and 55. As per the IMA, the reason behind this is likely to be Premature Ovarian Failure (POF), some contributing factors for which include changing food habits and work culture with increased stress.
 
POF is a loss of normal function of the ovaries before the age of 40. Women with this condition can have irregular or occasional periods for years and might even become pregnant.However, it is not the same as premature menopause.
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