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Quacks, Medical-Mafia and the Government

QUACKS, MEDICAL-MAFIA AND THE GOVERNMENT

     
   
     
  • There is an acute shortage of doctors in India.
  • Thousands of patients die because doctors were not available to them.
  • The government is going to allow semi-skilled doctors to provide medical care where the skilled ones are not available.
  • Those who see this profession as a minting occupation than an opportunity to serve have started raising hue and cry.
  • 45% of medical trade is occupied by very simple prescription e.g. pain killers, gastric problems, depression problems etc.
  • Specialized medical treatment share is only 8.7% of the complete medical trade.
  • As per views by a survey 87% consumers are not satisfied the way they were treated with by these so called Trained Medical Experts.

THE COMPLETE ARTICLE

Like other developing countries India is also facing an acute shortage of trained medical practitioners. As per statement of the concerned minister in November 2011 in India there was 1 doctor for 2000 patients. This medical population is usually concentrated in big cities. The picture assumes a more horrible face in villages and small towns. As per a report in The Guardian newspaper in 2009 in India one infant died every 15 seconds in want of a proper medical help.

To improve upon this grim scenario the government has decided:

  • Giving AYUSH docs the right to prescribe allopathic drugs after a one year course.
  • A compulsory Bachelor of Rural Health Care course
  • AIIMS-like institutions in various parts of the countries. They are going to be located in Patna, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur, Raipur and Rishikesh. 
  • A compulsory bond that will force the docs to return to India after completing their medical education abroad.
  • Setting up of a centralized National Commission of Human Resources and Health which will have all other medical bodies in the country under its jurisdiction.

In response to this govt. initiative some people have started criticizing it. In their arrogant style they have coined a term – Hybrid Doctors. Critics are mostly those groups and people who are least bothered about the welfare of the country or the human beings but are largely guided by their capabilities of earning money and adversities related to it. For this group of thinkers (!) they and their needs always stand first in the queue.

The number of doctors are meagre to meet the needs of the society. They are less than 1/20th in number than they are actually required. How to fill the gap? The critics are not coming forward with any alternative plan to provide medical help to the needy ones. They raise their voice not guided by the welfare of population but by their petty financial interests. They find themselves intimidated against their monopoly in this field of health-care.

When talked to the public these medical angels are reported to have shown the most barbaric faces when a patient is confronted to them. The behaviour of doctors in hospitals is reported to quite monarchic.  They behave not as doctors but as lords. They are found busy in pursuit power and money. Therefore, any argument led by them should not allowed to be viewed as celestial and motivated by divinity.

The major part of healthcare is related to general problems like headaches, indigestion, workloads. For this reason a major chunk of the medicines is occupied by the medicines sold over the counter. Even the chemists sell these medicines after evaluating the pathology of a person. Specialty And Super – Specialty Treatment and medicines are related to only a very small part of this medical – trade. So the real threat to the monopoly to the business of such critics is in fact, negligible. 

AYUSH doctors are qualified doctors although in a different discipline of medical care. It was this science of these AYUSH doctors that has served the humanity for thousands of years prior to birth of these critics’ science. It was this noble science of these AYUSH doctors which has produced not only best of medical experts but the best of human beings also who did not bother more for the money than for human lives. Therefore, critics must not be afraid of welfare of the public.

The government is right in its approach and direction. Such monochromatic thinkers should be discouraged because their arguments are not for the benefit of poor and needy ones. 

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