The other day my maid had been to a government hospital to get her decayed tooth extracted but returned without the job done because the doctor had insisted someone accompany her in her own interest of safety in reaching home. I said the doctor is justified in saying so and out of curiosity asked her how well the hospital was maintained. Immediately she went into raptures about how spick and span the hospital is kept without a speck of dust and when the floor is being mopped, no one is allowed to pass by until it is totally dry. Also the doctors take personal interest and listen patiently when the patients consult them.
I could not help thinking about the contrast the so called private/corporate hospitals present .When I chanced to visit one of them , I noticed even as a patient was being shifted from the cardiac ward to the deluxe room , the floor was being swept and the dust was permeating all over and the patient was trying his best to ward it off ! Worse still was the hospital was not equipped with enough attenders to take care of patients’ needs that in one case the attender left the patient in the lurch because his shift was getting over in a few minutes by which time he had to complete changing sheets as well as giving bath to half a dozen patients!
I realized government hospitals not only give free treatment but also maintain some standards where things matter unlike corporate/private hospitals ,and the only thing that’s special about them are their high rates which unfortunately are not matched by the service offered.