It is sad that Mr. Gulam Nabi Azad, our Hon’ble Health Minister not much active in handling various grievances of public domain and addressing the corruption in health sector. This is the vast area which need to be addressed by the UPA II urgently. The corruption from the date of entrance/ admission for a student. Most of the doctors today doing pharmacist job and even a better salesman can give good medicine compare to a doctor in India. The corruption in pharma sector is alarmingly increasing day by day and doctors-pharma companies-hospital nexus come out with new methods every day and it is very difficult to nab them. The doctor-patient relation is reached worst ever. Just to grab the money, doctors and hospital authorities prescribe unwanted medicines, unwanted tests (even one lab test not admissible to other doctors, the reason they only known, may be commission is the reason), lack of standard in testing lab, fake expensive medicines prescribing by doctors to intentionally complicating and troubling patient to increase their problem, so more problem, more money that is the method adopted by doctors nowadays. Earlier one doctor used to handle all the human body. Now the new avatar of specialists making the matter more complicated and earning much more than the good doctors.
They never prescribe low cost generic medicines and they prescribe high expensive multinational’s medicines with various unwanted testings and this way apart from their fees, they are taking lots of commission. There is also fake drugs in famous labels, even in generic medicines available in the market.
There is no policy and control over drug pricing in India. Cancer like disease the price of drugs even not affordable to upper segment of the society. A comprehensive drug pricing policy need to bring and giving compulsory and free licencing to Indian pharmaceuticals to reduce the drug prices. Some countries like Veninsula etc. adopted such system to make more affordable on medicine.
Govt. need to form a specialized body inviting public suggestion and find ways and means in redressing the unredressed grievances of the public at large. In India, it is difficult to find fault on the doctor and always patient and their relatives are blamed, with no fault on their part. Doctors even by law are well protected while poor patient despite spending lots of money, have to face the music of hospital authorities and doctors. They always behave like a god like manner and the victim is most of the time treated (especially in major disease admitted to hospital) like a convict in Tihar jail. Most of the time, the relatives don’t have the access to the victim patient and hospital authorities use every trick to grab the money by admitting in ICU, putting in oxygen mask and even kill the patient. Even after killing the poor victim patient, they keep the body even for one or two days more on ventilator.
The readers think that this is a cooked story. My family members faced similar experience at my native place i.e. my brother in laws wife admitted for delivery at Divine Hospital, in Trichur Dist, Kerala. Delivery was normal. To grab the money by hospital authorities, they did not care the child despite repeated request to due to carelessness, the child died. The child did not give a single drop for more than12 hours. When the child lot the control, they admitted to ICU and killed there. The dead body kept for many hours and at midnight 3.00 O clock, they told to take the child to any big hospital. Their ambulance left with oxygen mask left to a big Jubilee Mission Hospital. There the India’s leading gynecologist a foreign told my brother how you brought the dead body to their hospital. The child already dead for more than 5 hours, say in Hospital itself. Doctor immediately understood the foul play and he told that there was some foul play. In any case, during pregnancy, there was no symptom of any difficult to the child and the child was very healthy and active at the time of delivery even before delivery. Child specialists saying that there should be always a system if there is any trouble to child.
There are many such incidents, I witnessed in life while dealing with doctor. State and central govt. come out with better legislation and bring transparency and accountability on health sector and doctors and hospital authorities made accountable and make awareness of public their basic rights while dealing with doctors.