Monday, 23 May 2016

[HM:258435] Doctors or Businessmen? Beware !

By Junaid Tahir,


Recently a news has been published in an Indian newspaper according to which some renowned doctors have resigned from their posts in New Delhi. The reason being, their CEO/CFO has been pushing them to increase hospital earnings through following approaches:

  1. Converting the minor injuries cases to Operational Procedure. Needless to mention, when a patient undergoes a surgical procedure, the hospital earns huge money in comparison to what the patient pays for the normal consultancy fees.

  2. Extending the duration of  in-patients' stay in hospital so that earnings of hospital can be increased as a result of medical and general facilities provided to the patients for the extended time.

  3. Start the diabetes medicines for the people who are on the verge of developing diabetes, whereas there is a huge possibility that the patient can recover by exercise or diet changes.

  4. Giving costly medicines (such as antibiotics/BP control/anti-acids etc.) even if the customer may only need anti-allergy or basic off-the-shelf medicine.

  5. Creating emotional situation to convert normal pregnancy cases to procedural deliveries.

  6. Prescribing costly medicines (as doctors and hospitals get percentage based commission for each medicine sold) 


The whole purpose here is to draw your attention to the fact that medical profession has turned into huge money-making business. The patients are treated as money-producing customers.  Huge amount of revenue is generated with above mentioned tricks/approaches.

So here are some recommendations;

  1. Before you visit your doctor, do a little online research about your symptoms. (You may have an instant issue which could heal itself in a week time automatically). Yes, your body is capable of fighting a lot of diseases naturally.

  2. Ask the doctor a lot of questions about your symptoms giving him the message that you have the proper back-ground knowledge, so he won't be able to deceive you.

  3. Ask the doctor if you can bypass the medicines or use minimal dosage of medicines to recover.

  4. If the doctor prescribes you a lot of medical tests, ask him the reasoning for each test on how important this test is?

  5. If the doctor concludes that you have a specific disease such as high BP, Diabetes, heart issue or any other chronic disease, then do consider taking second opinion to be sure about it. Trust me, visiting a second doctor gives you a lot of exposure about your health concern and enables you to have better decision on what needs to be done for recovery. 

With the hope that respective ministries and authorities are setting strong mechanisms to eradicate and minimize this issue, you need to know that your health as well as your money are very not so cheep so do not let anyone play with your valuable possessions at any cost. 

Wishing you the best of health, a happy and healthy body, mind and soul !


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