‘Satyamev Jayate’, a very popular realty show by famous Indian actor, Aamir Khan, has ensured that people return to Sunday morning television watching. I watched the show the other day and have been watching ever since.
I particularly liked the fourth episode that dealt with medical malpractice in India and exposed the helpless, rather spineless Medical Council and the government. India is known for its medical tourism and for its talented pool of doctors who would greet you in the clinics/hospitals all over the world. And right here back home, many are the wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Just the other day, my neighbor was down with a splitting headache (with scorching heat and temperature of 43 degrees C here, headaches are common in summer) and the doctor’s advice included an MRI scan not to mention, neck X ray, and half a dozen medications. All this for a headache that just vanished even before any medicines were taken!!
Needless to say, everything is about the money. The pharma companies are as much to blame as the greed of the doctors.
India is a country, where almost 60% of medical expenses are paid out-of-pocket. Definitely, what we need is a better healthcare system, however, if the ministries and the so called doctor babus pay heed to their conscience and stop exploiting common people, thousands of lives can be saved.
Aamir and his team filed an RTI (Right to Information Act) which revealed that since 2008, there has been no cancellations of licenses of doctors in India…a clear evidence of the corruption that mars justice as well as the lack of consequences for medical malpractice in India. Does this mean that there is no malpractice here…
The show reported about small villages in India where all women were subjected to hysterectomies, families being misled about illnesses, prescriptions of unwanted tests, scans…etc.
It is abominable that a country which boasts of richness in culture and a tradition that dates back to prehistoric times, cannot look after their own people and keep them safe…all for money!!
Aamir’s show is definitely different and deals with triumph of truth, akin to its title.
Another thing I should mention is that Dr. Devi Shetty was part of the panel of guests in the episode. Dr. Devi Shetty was his charming self and spoke about his insurance, ‘Yeshaswini’ that provides affordable healthcare to all. He gave a message to all the medical students who formed the invited audience of the show, and asked them to follow their heart while in the profession…
India definitely requires a new generation of doctors with CONSCIENCE!!!
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