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Doctors or Businessmen? Beware !


By Junaid Tahir,


 

Recently a news has been published in an Indian newspaper according to which some renowned doctors have resigned from their posts in New Delhi. The reason being, their CEO or CFO have  been pushing them to increase hospital earnings through following approaches:

  1. Converting the minor injuries cases to Operational Procedure. Needless to mention, when a patient undergoes a surgical procedure, the hospital earns huge money in comparison to what the patient pays for the normal consultancy fees.
  2. Extending the duration of  in-patients' stay in hospital so that earnings of hospital can be increased as a result of medical and general facilities provided to the patients for the extended time.
  3. Start the diabetes medicines for the people who are on the verge of developing diabetes, whereas there is a huge possibility that the patient can recover by exercise or diet changes.
  4. Giving costly medicines (such as antibiotics/BP control/anti-acids etc.) even if the customer may only need anti-allergy or basic off-the-shelf medicine.
  5. Creating emotional situation to convert normal pregnancy cases to procedural deliveries.
  6. Prescribing costly medicines (as doctors and hospitals get percentage based commission for each medicine sold). 
The whole purpose here is to draw your attention to the fact that medical profession has turned into huge money-making business. The patients are treated as money-making machines.  Huge amount of revenue is generated with above mentioned tricks/approaches.
So here are some recommendations;
  1. Before you visit your doctor, do a little online research about your symptoms. (You may have an instant issue which could heal itself in a week time automatically). Yes, your body is capable of fighting a lot of diseases naturally.
  2. Ask the doctor a lot of questions about your symptoms giving him the message that you have the proper back-ground knowledge, so he won't be able to deceive you.
  3. Ask the doctor if you can bypass the medicines or use minimal dosage of medicines to recover.
  4. If the doctor prescribes you a lot of medical tests, ask him the reasoning for each test on how important this test is?
  5. If the doctor concludes that you have a specific disease such as high BP, Diabetes, heart issue or any other chronic disease, then do consider taking second opinion to be sure about it. Trust me, visiting a second doctor gives you a lot of exposure about your health concern and enables you to have better decision on what needs to be done for recovery. 

With the hope that respective ministries and authorities are setting strong mechanisms to eradicate and minimize this issue, you need to know that your health as well as your money are very precious, hence do not let anyone play with or steal your valuable possessions at any cost. 
Wishing you the best of health, a happy and healthy body, mind and soul !

 
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8 comments

PA - Nurse - USA mod

This is why the people must be educated regarding this & must be taught how to make the decision only after thinking & getting 2 more opinions. This is going on not only in surgery, but also in general medicine. The people who are being diagnosed with diabetes is really ridiculous... I have seen people in India being treated with medications as dangerous as metformin for an AgA1C level of 6.3... the cut off is >7, at least hear in America... Why are the Indians falling into this trap? They won't even listen... I tried talking to 1 of the patients who was having frequent episodes of hypoglycemia on her current medication regimen.

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absolutely right. the problem in sub-continent is that people get trapped easily due to emotional situation created by doctors/nurses here. They create an emergency situation for the patient's family and make them opt for quick and costly decision.

yes, a lot of awareness and education is required so they consider taking 2nd opinion. This is unfortunate that over the years, medical industry has become a huge money-making business instead of service industry. Some sorts of mechanisms must be in place by respective regulatory authorities to eradicate the money-making mechanism by stopping unfair costly medications/procedures.

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Mukund Apte mod

Dear Sir,

The patients have need of medicine/s to cure their affliction and the hospitals and doctors are fulfilling these needs, Is this not a business relationship? In the world of Materialism the relationship of patients and hospitals/doctors is like business/consumers only is it not? The hospitals are established so that they can earn profit and distribute amongst the shareholders and Directors of the Institution, is it not? How can they function if not on business Principles? So hospitals function as business only. Surely its employees (the doctors on their role) will surely have the responsibility to improve the income of their employer, is anything wrong in this? When we (Bhaarateey Government & Administration as well is following materialism, how can we stop thinking that hospitals and doctors should function to help patients and on business ways? We have discarded our Spirituality since Independence (at least) in 1947.

So we have come far away from our culture and ancient systems. In case we want to be as our ancients (happy and comfortable), we need to declare our culture to be Bhaarateey one with immediate effect for all people staying in Bhaarat (at least), then only we can find better relationships between the people and institutions fulfilling their needs (as co-operative) friendly relationships not depending on payments, don't you also agree sir?

With regards,

------Mukund Apte

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​Dear Mukund,

Yes I do agree on logical grounds that it would purely be a business-centered move to establish a hospital. However you would also agree that each business have certain code of conduct, certain quality policies, certain sentimental values and certain humanitarian grounds. Having said that, in the desire of earning more and more money, one should not be allowed to deceive people. If a person needs medicine-1 only and he is sold medincine2, 3, 4, 5 is a pure act of fraud. Looking at it on a larger scale, its a huge case of corruption. Converting a normal stitching case into a large scale surgical case is equivalent to financial killing of a poor family . Businesses should be done on a WIN-WIN case not on a WIN-KILL base.

Thanks for your comments :)

Regards

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Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada mod

TRANSPARENCY AND PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY IN GOVERNANCE
... governance Transparency Accountability Responsibility Fairness

Transparency and Public Accountability is required in all aspects of governance, either public, or private. 3-Party Audit is required to detect medical malpractice and to punish hospitals, corporate officials, doctors, pharmacies, laboratories and others involved in unethical practices. No law would be effective until and unless adequate punishment is imposed for violating law. Imposing fine or financial penalty is not enough. Prison time should be mandated as many of these crimes are premeditated.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-4162 USA

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I have commented in local circle. But the report must include the name of the institution for investigation and further actions. What value of it is there otherwise?
Aju Mukhopadhyay

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In a private medical college next to a bright student a normal below average student studying a Medical seat (getting the seat by giving bribe) shows/encourage the indication of these type of malpractices.
In a Government institution the son / daughter of high officials occupying the seat in the same manner by giving bribe or chasing their pre-required (+2) papers for the eligibility etc.
If you go to court the case will prolonged for 10 or more years. You cannot do any thing against these illegal business. What else you expect from them other than this type of malpractices.

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In a private medical college next to a bright student a normal below average student studying a Medical seat (getting the seat by giving bribe) shows/encourage the indication of these type of malpractices.
In a Government institution the son / daughter of high officials occupying the seat in the same manner by giving bribe or chasing their pre-required (+2) papers for the eligibility etc.
If you go to court the case will prolonged for 10 or more years. You cannot do any thing against these illegal business. What else you expect from them other than this type of malpractices.

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