07-May-2006

Doctors

I asked in this post who (it should've been whom though) the doctors who get subsidised education serve once they're done with their degrees. I found the answer unexpectedly in this column by a novelist and surgeon in today's The Hindu:
Of the 4,70,000 doctors (of allopathy) in the country, 85 per cent are in private practice. Barring a few exceptions, they are busy making money and have no time for what they consider the dreary routine of prevention of disease, and health at the village level. Even professional bodies like the IMA and the various medical fraternities have ignored this larger problem.
Why should my money go towards subsidizing these people?

The column itself is a look at the prospects of the National Rual Health Mission which seeks to, among other things, train nearly five lakh health workers for the rural areas.

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