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3rd December 2016
Today is Patient Solidarity Day
 
Patient Solidarity Day and need for Universal Health care for all
 
In consumer market, the consumer is the most important and in healthcare, a patient is our asset and that too, the most important one. As doctors, we need to lend our ears to his sufferings, practice empathy and not sympathy and be available to him at all times of need. We need to maintain the honor and dignity of the medical profession and treat patients with the same dignity, honor and due respect. 
 
In September 2015, the 194 Member States of the United Nations agreed to develop and put in place practical actions and national frameworks to achieve Universal Health care and other targets, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Resolution A/RES/70/1).
 
On this Patient Solidarity Day (PSD), Saturday 3rd December 2016, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) calls on our members, state and local branches, institutions and stakeholders to support the call for universal health coverage (UHC) for all. UHC can be defined as affordable, high-quality and accessible healthcare for everyone
 
Sustainable, patient-centered UHC will need significant efforts and firm commitment over the next 14 years from the key actors in the healthcare system: governments, the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare providers and patients' organizations.
 
Patient-centered UHC means that all people receive the health services they need, without suffering financial hardship.
The following are the core principles of universal health coverage
  • Accessibility: All patients have the right to access the healthcare they need and when they need it.
  • Patient-centeredness and equity: All people, regardless of disease or condition; age, gender, race or ethnic background; sexual orientation; geographic location; socio-cultural background, economic or legal status, must have fair and impartial access to quality healthcare.
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Diastolic heart failure on the rise

This is another form of heart failure where the blood-pumping ability of the heart remains near normal. This second form of heart failure is too often overlooked and is just as lethal.

New Delhi, Dec 02, 2016: Heart failure is routinely described as the progressive loss of ability of the heart to pump blood. However, in diastolic heart failure, the pumping compliance of the heart is preserved but there is defect in the relaxing capability of the heart muscle with every beat.
 
In this condition the heart muscle becomes thickened. The chamber inside gets smaller and the heart is unable to relax to accommodate the blood it needs to pump out. As there is no room for the heart to relax, the blood backs up into the lungs.
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