Budget Not Very Attractive for the Health Sector

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The budget this year did not provide anything new for the health sector.

  • Income tax exemption limit was raised to Rs 2 lakh. This increase is only marginal against the inflation. The new tax slabs are as follows
    • Individual income upto Rs 2 lakh: No tax
    • From Rs 2 lakh to 5 lakh: 10%
    • From Rs 5 lakh to 10 lakh: 20%
    • Above 10 lakh: 30%
  • No advance tax for senior citizens.
  • A deduction of up to Rs 10,000 is now available for interest from savings bank accounts.
  • Health insurance deduction up to Rs 5000 for preventive health checkup. This will encourage people to go for preventive health checks.
  • Medicines for treating cancer and HIV to cost less
  • 7 more govt medical colleges to be upgraded to All India Institutes
  • Health schemes in urban areas to have higher allocation
  • Maternal and child nutrition scheme to be launched in 200 districts.
  • National Urban Health Mission is being launched, a welcome step. Under this scheme, the basic primary health needs of the urban poor living in shanties in cities will be addressed.
  • Investment linked deduction of capital expenditure in some businesses is proposed to be provided at 150 per cent as against the current rate of 100 per cent. These sectors include hospitals. All services will now attract service tax, except those in the negative list. The negative list includes health care.
  • Service tax rate is being increased from 10 percent to 12 percent, with consequential change in rates for services that have individual tax rates.
  • No change is proposed in peak rate of customs duty of 10 percent on non-agricultural goods.
  • Emphasis on vaccine security: The government tofocus on eradication and prevention. As part of the measures, new vaccine units will be set up across the country while the existing ones would be upgraded. A new integrated vaccine unit would be set up near Chennai.
  • Scope of Accredited Social Health Activist’s (ASHA) activities enlarged to include prevention of Iodine Deficiency Disorders, ensure 100% immunisation and better spacing of children.
  • Increase in allocation for NRHM to Rs 20,822 crore in 2012-13.
  • Excise duty on cigarettes raised
  • Iodised salt, soya products to become cheaper.
  • Govt to fully provide for Food Subsidy and Food Security Act in 2012-13
  • The allocation for rural drinking water and sanitation to be increased by over 27 percent to Rs 14,000 crore.

Are you a Leader or Manager?

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The health industry is undergoing a major change, so top of your agenda should be how you can influence, or in other words, become leaders. Social intelligence is how you can connect with people. This was the crux of an enlightening and entertaining talk on Social Intelligence by Mary Keightley at Moolchand Medcity Auditorium yesterday.

Mary Keightley is Founder and director of Mind Associates Ltd, a training company that provides business training and director coaching in the areas of leadership, communication, attitude and sales. She has traveled the world to help people make changes in their attitudes and beliefs and motivate them.

As a leader, you should know yourself, your strengths, weaknesses and quality of thinking. Most importantly, you need to be confident to think differently, take risks and be focused on results.

Leaders and Managers do things differently. Notable differences among the two are:

  • Managers do things right; Leaders do right things.
  • Managers focus on Present; Leaders focus on Future.
  • Managers just manage change; Leaders anticipate change

It’s difficult to be brilliant at both.

The revolutionary growth of the Internet has changed the way we do things. It provides huge opportunities to meet online. Your ability to connect with people online i.e. without being face to face requires a different set of skills or IT Etiquette. This includes:

  • Observation and listening: Watch expressions for any reaction and really listen
  • Don’t sit too close to the camera.
    Watch what you wear for online meetings. Wear bright colors.
  • Be conscious of your non verbals.
  • Arrange a proper screen behind you so that people are not distracted by what’s behind you or around you.
  • Always have a phone number handy, so that if the internet connection breaks down, you can send a text to that person.
  • Don’t be lazy about timekeeping.

To be a good communicator, it is important to understand that people are different. There are 4 personalities, 4 thinking preferences. Preferences are linked to abilities.

These four different personalities form 4 quadrants of a circle and denoted by colors: Blue, Yellow, Green and Red. These influence how we interact socially and also our decision making.

  • Blue asks ‘What’
  • Yellow asks ‘Why’
  • Green asks ‘How’
  • Red asks ‘Who’

This is the full spectrum of thinking

Yellows are good at strategy, Blues are good at managing budgets, Greens are good at administration and Reds are good at managing patients. So teams are always better than individuals. You need all 4 quadrants for an organization to succeed.

If you think differently, then you can connect with anybody and this give you incredible influence over people and qualities of leadership. If you can fit your behaviors into each of these colors, you can get along with all people.