Health care lessons
That medical insurance is not the panacea is amply clear. Unfortunately this folly is likely to be repeated in emerging economies like India as the powerful lobby of the private sector is well poised to milk the governmental funds citing the inadequacy of public health systems. The social ills of `for profit` private sector hospitals controlling the health of society and eventually even the academic medicines are mostly unrecognised but are real.
The overuse of inappropriate and costly technologies, especially with third party payment, not only harms the patients, but also fosters unhealthy nexus for profits (especially when governmental funds are utilised). And policing on the medical treatment has made the discipline of medicine bereft of it`s soul--i.e. trust.
Alas, advances in complexities of medical treatment are paving the way for the conversion of the doctor to a mere health professional--the paradise is lost.
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