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7th March 2016
Editorial (Dr S S Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
Treatment on EMIs
 
Established hospital chains such as Metro have their own schemes and companies like Medtronic have EMIs for cardiac devices. To avail the EMI option, a patient must have at least one earning member in the family who is ready to take a psychometric test prepared by the company that would measure his sincerity and willingness to pay back on time. The test would also assess if a patient really needs the EMI assistance. If the patient pays back within six months, he won't be charged interest. If he takes longer (with a maximum limit of five years), the firm may recover the cost of capital and administrative processing by levying a minimum interest rate of up to 8.25%. Eighty-five percent of the cost is loaned and the EMI can be as low as Rs 1000/- per month.

For insulin pumps, Medtronic is testing a rental model. So diabetics could try out the product at Rs 7,000 per month for a few months and then decide whether they would like to own one.

Metro Hospitals, a healthcare chain in north India, already offers discounts of 30-50% on hip and knee replacement surgeries for a specific month.

Indian subsidiary of US-based Merck & Co recently floated its project Sambhav in Punjab for its product Interferon, a drug used in treatment of Hepatitis C. The drug maker has partnered with a financial credit company in this project to offer financial assistance to the patients at no extra charge. 
Medtronic is also planning to extend similar EMI options for some other disease areas like spine, neuromodulation (deep brain stimulation), etc.
 
For instance, Abirapro - used in treatment of prostate cancer, and anti-breast cancer drug Evermil - both marketed by Glenmark Pharma - are available on EMI schemes. The therapy for Abirapro costs anywhere between Rs 25000-30000 per month and Evermil is priced at Rs 15000-24,000 per month. With EMI facilities, patients may opt to pay within a tenure of 3 months, 6 months and 9 months for these drugs.
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10th March is World Kidney Day - What can you do for your kidneys?
New Delhi, March 6, 2016: Kidney diseases are silent killers, which will largely affect your quality of life. On occasion of the upcoming World Kidney Day, IMA educates the public about what they can do for their kidneys.
 
The kidneys are two organs located in your midsection on either side of your spine in the middle of your back, just above the waist. They clean your blood, keep the balance of salt and minerals in your blood, and help control blood pressure.
 
Speaking about the same, Dr SS Agarwal, National President IMA & Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal, President HCFI and Honorary Secretary General IMA said, “When your kidneys are damaged, waste products and fluid can build up in your body, causing swelling in your ankles, vomiting, weakness, poor sleep, and shortness of breath. If you don't treat them, diseased kidneys may eventually stop working completely. Loss of kidney function is a serious -- and potentially fatal -- condition. Raising awareness about preventive measures is key”,
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IMA Polio Dates
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  • April 25: IMA Polio Switch Day, when tOPV would be completely withdrawn and replaced by bOPV in both routine immunization and polio campaigns.
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