Why does this Society discriminates against Doctors??

Posted by Bhanu Prakash on Wed, Aug 8, 2012  
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1 When a kid is selected for MBBS he/she is darling of everybody,
but the moment one clears MBBS the whole attitude of society
changes. You are supposed to have the maturity of a man in the forties.

2 The doctor is supposed to only serve and not to receive. Whatever you charge as professional fees is considered a penal amount by the patients.

3. In case the person has the slightest acquaintance with the doctor, you are not supposed to charge him/her.......or else you are labelled as "money minded"

4. The doctor is expected to be available round the clock and treat
the patient despite his/herpersonal commitments.

5. Whatever the condition of the patient, however much he disregards your advice, the patient must be cured; otherwise you are alleged to be negligent.

6. Any Tom, Dick and Harry can threaten, abuse, misbehave or damage property of hospital/clinic with impunity without any fear of law as patient is always the aggrieved party.

7. If any Lab investigation is advised and it comes out to be normal, instead of patient being happy it is alleged that doctor is getting
unnecessary investigations done for ulterior motives.

8 If investigation is not advised and some mishap occurs the doctor is hauled in the court of law for being negligent.
So again it is " Damned if you do, damned if you dont"

9. If any tragedy occurs it is highlighted in media with catchy
captions to ruin the reputation of the doctor without verifying the facts.

10. All RMPs and unregistered practitioners, BHMS, BAMS, DHMS and physiotherapists, lab technicians and even medical shop salesmen are allowed to practice medicine!The worse part is that the illiterate and even literate people of India treat all of these people like doctors.

11 Only doctors are forced to work in rural and government hospitals to get the degree. In no other profession this is mandatory. No lawyer is ever asked to work in
Gram Panchayats, no engineer is asked to work in various rural
projects of the government. The government wants that
doctors should not work and settle in foreign countries but
there is no such demand and no restrictions on IIM/IIT

12 As per NCHRC Bill, for a doctor doing any occupation other than
medicine is misconduct. Why single out us? Are we not the free
citizens of India?

13. Clinical Establishment Act gives power to District authorities to
impose fine up to Rs 5 lakh and even closure of clinic. There is no
such law for any other profession.

14. Medical profession is recognized as a business by law. We don’t get space for clinics/hospitals at subsidized rates, rather we are charged more. We give electricity bill, house tax etc on commercial rates. Yet we are not supposed to be commercial.

15. We have to deal with many govt agencies, face harassment from them as they consider that doctors are the softest target, e.g.
Development authorities, Municipal authorities, Fire
department, Labour department, Income tax, Pollution department,
to name a few.

16. We invest the maximum time; 6 years to get the basic
qualification. Compared with any profession, this is 2 to 3 years
more; also compare the money that we get at that time with
other professions.

17 We work under maximum mental tension as we are accountable, have emotional attachment with our patients, work for long and even odd hours, working even when we are not well.
The threat of violence and litigation looms around us all the time and even harassment by Govt. agencies is routine.

The double standards on the part of Society in general and
government in particular defy all logic. On the one hand they
charge us everything at maximum commercial rate, impose different type of taxes selectively and in return they want charity from us in the name of noble profession.

This unilateral expectation of society really hurts us. Why are only
doctors expected to work selflessly? We don’t deny that
there are some black sheep in medical profession but which
profession is without black sheep?. We are also part of a society
whose moral values are going down very rapidly.


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