I remember speaking to a friend about the current state of affairs of hospitals and doctors in India and she exclaimed “healthcare is a joke in India!”.
Today, is one sad day when I realize it is indeed true. My day started with discussions of (ill-)treatment of one of my PG-mates currently admitted in one of the nearby hospitals. This when she is visually challenged and at least that I thought would be enough for warranting a better treatment. I have been falling ill quite a few times lately. When it happens I trust the near-by Pharmacist more than a doctor at a posh hospital. (uh no, this distrust is not totally baseless). The doctor at my workplace(who works with one of the biggest hospital chains in India) couldn’t diagnose a simple case of sinusitis and sent me to an eye specialist for further consultation! A doctor once told my friend she may have to undergo a surgery for a stomach upset. And I can go on and on.
And then I read about Yuvraj Singh’s cancer treatment being delayed coz one of the Indian hospitals wrongly diagnosed. When it could happen to a Cricket player in India(a demi-god) “toh hum kis khet ke mooli hai?”
Having grown up believing that being a Doctor is one of the noblest of the professions, this just feels sad, the way things have changed. While practicing medicine has indeed become more difficult in the last few years with the rising costs of maintaining the hospitals( trained staff and equipment) we have help from technology more than ever. The number of super-specialties is so high you can’t even remember all the names: Cardio-Pulmonary Physiotherapist, neuro-radiologist, still expertise and intuition seems to be lacking . 😐 Generally, the number of doctors, hospitals and facilities have gone up multi-fold but trust level has reached an all time low.
Not to forget, most doctors would have spent a fortune to finish their studies. And more than often these people are from middle class and are looking for return on Investment. In most cases, being commercial doesn’t seem so wrong since they are one of the best brains and would have slogged almost half their life to be where they are and all the hospital facilities don’t come for free. But when did the social angle disappear? Where did the familiar family doc go? whom you could turn to anytime and who knew you so well that you didn’t even need to maintain a medical history journal.
If you are one of them, who doesn’t have good health insurance coverage/money/contacts then God save you!