The Ethical Quagmire of Medicine: How Deeply Submerged are We?
The medical world and its ethics have undergone a considerable change since the last two decades. There was a time when doctors were the second most revered creatures after teachers, and the ones famously venerated like God for the nobility and sanctity of their occupation, which was primarily to cure people and save lives. But the growing sophistication of technology, digitization of equipments, transforming standards of living and economy, sedentary modern life and thereby widespread diseases have proved to be the decisive forces of harnessing the consumer market of the healthcare system. These factors within a span of short time imperceptibly transformed the whole equation of the doctor-patient relationship from that of a ‘compassionate duty- bound people willing to serve the patients’ to ‘money-oriented robotically- engineered mere delivery machines’.
The technology and ubiquitous digitization made things as much easy, quick, accurate, and profitable for the doctors as much it made most of them pricey, equally incomprehensible and painful for the patients. Things have changed for the better apparently, but through and through one knows that due to callous attitude of the doctors and the ever increasing influx of the patients, mortality and morbidity remains quite high. It has basically succeeded in spreading awareness, consciousness, and alertness among the people.
The most lamentable omen looming large over this sector is the lustful and money-spinning approach of the doctors and other medicos, bearing a façade of strict professionalism devoid of pathos and human appeal for patients. It’s highly unfortunate that a profession which vows in the name of treating patients honestly and sincerely, and showing compassion and mercy towards them not only by the virtue of their occupation but also as fellow humans, has failed miserably today because of some medicos whose lust for money has overshadowed their basic human ethics too.
A good number of hospitals, especially the ones who are not registered or are primary care centres, have vilified themselves for heinous offences of duping gullible and lay patients and risking their lives, in the name of treating them for a wrong ailment. This has turned into a business where medicos are constantly looking for patients to chance upon them for a lucrative opportunity. With the increasing number of deaths caused by deliberate medical negligence, invasively pervading the hospitals and super specialties, people have become all the more skeptical and cynical towards doctors. Thus in an age replete with convenience, easy availability of accurate technology, abundant ways and dimensions of treatment and cure, and easy accessibility of knowledge through internet, healthcare should have ideally been improved and benefited the masses, but contrarily it has made access to health care and medicines exorbitant and burdensome.
One knows today that quality treatment is synonymous with costly treatment and private hospitals top this list. Though private hospitals ensure quality treatment and hygienic and comfortable environs for the better healing of the patients, they leave no stones unturned in milking money and being completely apathetic towards the pressing conditions of the patients.
They have turned into more or less sumptuous malls and plazas-like entities, where only the affluent who have surplus and who don’t have to think twice, love to splurge. They have changed the dynamics of opting for health service more into a matter of luxury rather than a dire necessity for the growing middle class, which suffers very often. Though its just to put that most of these hospitals do have their own donation system, it is not enough to cater to the huge number of non-affording patients.
Women as anywhere on the earth are not safe here too. Of late, many cases of sexual abuse of female patients are also surfacing up. It’s not very difficult to gauge how this profession becomes an easy garb for the medicos to harass women on the pretext of diagnosing them. Shameful enough it is, to fathom the kind of crimes(ranging from smuggling of organs,blood at the cost of human lives) being carried out with impunity by a breed which ought to be the last on the earth to do so.
The ethics of the medical fraternity have decelerated rapidly in the last few years and medical expertise serves only as the new booming market for the emerging tycoons to bank upon, with humanity and morals as the last and the least concerns. With such a deplorable state of affairs, no wonder the patients, especially the poor, stand at crossroads, disillusioned and perplexed for they have hardly any choice to make and have to invariably consider options economically, so as to fit their purse as well as ensure treatment for their kin.
It’s high time now that commercialization and capitalization of the medical service, concomitant with the disservice and fatality rendered to the common people is put to severest check at the earliest possible and those culpable are brought to book. The service which is meant to serve and cater to humanity first and then anything else, should introspect, and act upon the needful before the fine line of faith and trust is completely obliterated.
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