The headline in Sunday Times grabbed my attention for more than one reason. The standfirst says’78 doctors reveal how pressure to generate profits forces them to adopt unethical practices in pvt.Hospitals.’
A cardiologist from Kolcatta who left the corporate hospital after seven years because his conscience began pricking says in order to benefit the hospital and meet its commercial needs, one has to do things like keeping patients in the hospital longer than necessary and doing unnecessary investigations and procedures(including angioplasty) .
According to a general practitioner in Nashik,a reference for angioplasty can earn a doctor rs.30,000 to 40,000.
A super specialist from a metro laments if one has to survive professionally in some corporate hospitals one has to compromise on principles because for these hospitals statistics and reaching targets for surgery are of prime importance.
Pharma companies too have a share in luring doctors with foreign tours under the pretext of medical study, according to a physician from Maharashtra.
I s it not ironical that when corporates MAKE IT A POINT TO exercise their social responsibility(CSR) , Corporate hospitals are shedding their social responsibility by giving sole importance to achieving targets exploiting ‘medical ignorance’ and gullibility of patients?
I wish the tribe of doctors with a conscience would increase!