The Indian doctors are on a strike, and I see this sub being populated with guilded posts of the Indian law deferring a justice and stuff. But we never heard what's going on the India with the doctors' union. I'm here to tell another side from a non-doctor's perspective.
First of all, what happened with the intern doctors was not only disheartening but also a criminal offense. Killing or hurting isn't even a solution in this case. I condemn any practice of harming someone. But I'm here to explain a little bit about other treatments around the country.
So, a person who was deliberately injured in a car accident was taken to a nearby hospital. The doctor was already aware the patient needs serious ICU (emergency) attention. Now, most patients in India do not have a health coverage which makes it easier to exploit their finance. This doctor, with no special training, made the family panic that the patient is almost dead if they do not pay them $1,500 for a treatment. Now, $1,500 bill for a middle-income family in India is A LOT! Patient's family immediately borrowed money on high interest to pay the local doctor. The doctor, having no idea, told the family to bring another $1,500 by tomorrow. The family saw and thought the patient may already have been dead. But in the panic situation, they arranged more money. After 4 to 5 days, the patient was declared dead. Even though the patient was already dead by the first day.
Another happening that I witnessed was when for a minor leg injury/fracture to a mechanic, a doctor injected something that stopped his leg from functioning permanently.
Now, more similar things have happened in various areas in India. There are even Indian movies made on how corrupt doctors can be, especially doctors in India. An average Indian citizen is not aware of the law and even when he/she is, the doctors are rich enough to pay off the court. An average citizen does not have enough time and money to take the issue to higher courts. Many doctors know about this, and see it as another higher probability of success in patient exploitation.
It takes HUGE amount of money, effort, and study to be a doctor anywhere. And especially in India and US. So I do respect doctors a lot. And this post is in now way an attack on an innocent/honest doctor who treats anyone and everyone fairly. Moreover, the loss of money is much less than the loss of a life. But running a drug cartel (the medical drug one), teaming up with testing laboratories to charge a patient 10 times more than the average rate and not accepting reports from non-affiliated laboratories, and charging for operations even when the patient does not require a surgery at all and other major manipulative methods to extract money are a total awful behavior from doctors that can cause any family to attack any corrupt doctor anytime. Especially when they realize their emotions are used to exploit them. The sad thing is, this situation strikes attack on innocent doctors that have been doing their job well.
I can find countless news articles on patients' families appearing in the news to explain how the doctors exploited their situation to extract money and extend the treatment cycle on a dead patient for days (or months). I've added some readings at the end and would encourage to use your favorite search engine to research further.
Again, not an attack to all the good doctors. But when patients are treated as non-living testing objects, it needs a voice for the poor to reach the deaf-like people in the administration.
So whose fault it is? It is mostly a fault of the Indian medical association that takes bribe to continue license of a highly corrupt doctor. The doctors currently on strike most likely are affecting lives of innocent citizens that need may need OPD or another urgent treatment. I support the strike, but not necessarily this method that affects an average citizen while the elected government members responsible for this can get medical treatment at their home.
Edit: Forgot to mention that Indian doctors (similar to doctors from many other countries) have SOLD organs of patients WITHOUT their consent.
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