Chandigarh: “It is not doctors who have become corrupt but it is the society which has become corrupt. Doctors are not falling from heaven and are a part of the
society so same number of corrupt people are in medical profession also,” said Padma Bhushan Dr B M Hegde, a leading cardiologist and a recipient of numerous national and international awards.
He was speaking at the annual conference and award function of Society for Promotion of Ethical and Affordable Healthcare (SPEAK), which was attended by senior doctors from across the country.
Dr Hegde said, “Today drugs are like a laundry list and I always say a good doctor always knows how to prescribe, a better doctor knows when to prescribe, but the best doctor knows when not to prescribe.
We over-treat patients, over-diagnose patients, maltreat patients, mistreat patients but don’t treat patients.” He cited the example of Cuba where cash is given to the patient when he leaves the hospital.
This is the only country in the world which has a cash counter which gives cash to the patients, adding the hospitals were indulging in 10,000 per cent profits and this can’t go on.
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