Medical practice today.

Today’s topic has been suggested by Padmini who apparently has been inspired by this image doing the rounds in social media.

I have little to add to what the good doctor has to say but, let me share a personal story that my readers have already read earlier here.

Let me share another story that I have never shared publicly before.

During surgery for a revision to one of my replaced hip joints I collapsed and had to be revived and looked after in an ICU for a few days post surgery. This was in one of Pune’s renown hospitals and I recovered quite satisfactorily. When the bill was presented before discharge however, I was shocked to see items that should not have been there at all. I refused to pay and when told that I would not be discharged if I did not, I volunteered to stay on there indefinitely. I informed my surgeon about this who too was appalled at this and had to intervene with the hospital’s management to get those items removed and a fresh bill prepared. In all fairness to the surgeon he did not let me down and for my next revision, he operated in another hospital where I received excellent care, and more importantly no attempts at ripping me off took place.

These two stories show both sides of the divide. The money making non caring side of one set of people involved in medicine and the the caring and ethical behaviour of another set of people in the same business.

Unfortunately, the non caring money making side of medical practice today seems to be more prevalent now than the latter.

Having said that however, I must admit that I am blessed in that I have excellent medical resources, two within my immediate family, one GP who is also a personal friend, an amazing Psychiatrist who too has now become a friend and the orthopaedic surgeon mentioned in both the stories to whom I free access whenever I need. Thanks to these wonderful people in my life, I have not been led up the garden path except for the two occasions mentioned above and now I am confident that with these resources batting for me, I will escape future rip offs.

Sadly, most of us do not have such resources and will face unprincipled behaviour from the practice and that is sad.

This is my take on this week’s Friday 8 On 1 blog post topic. The other seven bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Maria. Sanjana, PadmumRaju, Shackman , Srinivas and Conrad.  This week’s topic was suggested by Padmum. Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say on the topic. Thank you.

17 thoughts on “Medical practice today.”

  1. Luckily I’m in the hands of the NHS so never get charged for anything, and certainly not for bogus items and procedures. I’m regularly shocked by the astronomical sums charged for medical treatment in the USA. Good to know you’re in so many capable and ethical hands when you need medical attention.

    1. The UK’s model of healthcare is something that I have envied and wish that we had a similar one here. Ours is now based on either free government hospitals, health care centers, clinics etc or private sector hospitals and a flourishing medical insurance business.

    2. How right you are Nick. Although, the NHS might not be perfect (what is?), but reasonably close. Pure capitalism isn’t without its severe side effects. Some of the western European nations are even luckier.

  2. Alas when healthcare is a product like any other profit is all that matters, so we can be billed 20 dollars for an ibuprofen tablet that we can buy 500 for 5 dollars at Walmart. Oh – of course there there also outrageous fees for prescriptions. Our healthcare delivery system is irretrievably broken.

    1. Your system and ours are very similar and share the same problems. Ours is not quite broken yet but, it is under strain presently due to the pandemic under severe strain. It is however very expensive.

  3. ” Our healthcare delivery system is irretrievably broken.”
    he’s right. tragically so. and enough that I don’t dare talk about it in order to not raise my blood pressure.
    actually… I have more success ALWAYS with the certified physician’s assistant than any doctor. both in cardiology and primary care.
    one just recently helped me yesterday. I trust her with my life.
    she is a true physician and care giver of people. thank GOD for them!
    and like Padmini… I love that entire quote from Dr. Greenberg.

    1. In many ways, your life and mine have taken the same trajectory on health issues though with different problems and both of us have been blessed with some good service one way or the other.

  4. The medical practice is part of a human system, and human created systems (for that matter nature) are not particularly humane. We have to take care of ourselves as much as possible. The rest is a roll of the die.

  5. My situation is like yours in that I experience principled behavior in the GP and the specialists with whom I associate. They have gained my respect and my trust.

  6. We have universal health care here which I never take for granted having looked at the profit system south of us which sends a chill through my bones. Highest infant mortality, more deaths from cancer and childbirth, it’s enough to make one weep.

    Health care should be like water, like police and fire services. A given.


  7. Health care is likely best if a combination of several factors apply. It’s also very important to know our own bodies and understand treatments and medications doctors recommend. Using common sense is wise, recognizing and respecting the purpose of pain, taking as few pills as is reasonable are a few approaches to personal health care that can be beneficial.

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