Assault on doctors : part 2Created by:
This is a continuation of my previous posts on assault on doctors in India. Unfortunately the trend continues as people remain insensitive to the nitty-9of the medical profession.
One aspect of this recently came to my mind. The health set-up in India can be grossly divided into government and private sectors. The government sector consists of municipal and state and central government clinical and hospitals which largely render basic health services free of cost or at a minimum cost. There are some large hospitals which have modern facilities but are over full. The private sector consists of small privately owned hospitals and large corporate hospitals. The cost of care in smaller hospitals is negotiable and at the lower end of scale and the cost in corporate hospitals is ever increasing.
The smaller hospitals are run by single practitioners or a group of practitioners who perform the duties of managing the hospital apart from their medical services. The corporate hospitals, on the other hand, are run by management graduates and they are run like a business. They have targets and the strategies are all directed towards earning profit. The contact point of a patient in a hospital has traditionally been a doctor. The difference in this scenario is observed in corporate hospitals. When patients face business personnel and not doctors while dealing with the illnesses of their loved ones, they tend to blame all the problems on the businesslike and professional attitude of people.
The humane touch is lost and people tend to vent their anger on the doctors and the hospital. This problem can be curbed to a certain extent if the corporate hospitals try to retain their touch of humanity and not do only business.