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What do you think of the ‘Every Life is Precious’ episode of the TV programme Satyamev Jayate?

New Delhi: In the fourth episode, ‘Every Life is Precious’, of the TV programme Satyamev Jayate, Aamir Khan explored the issue of medical malpractices in India. He said the episode was not about mistakes and negligence that a doctor, being a human being, might be susceptible to do, but the intention behind his various actions, many of which may come under fraud and breach of trusts.

As the programme started, a middle aged man identified as V S Venkatesh said his toes had been amputated by a surgeon to save him from infection, the infection, later he found out, could have been easily cured through medicines. Venkatesh said he spent Rs 2 lakh on the operations, “which were not needed”.

The programme then mentioned about Major Pankaj Rai who has filed a case of medical negligence against doctors who operated his wife, without his consent, and made her go through kidney and pancreas transplant operations in which 60 litres of blood were consumed and which cost Major Rai Rs 8.25 lakh in medical expenses. Major Rai also lost his wife who could not survive the operations. What’s more, the doctors did not even inform the family and switched off their mobile phones.

Dr Anil Pichhar, who runs a pathological laboratory at Santa Cruz in Mumbai, said when he started his lab he was asked by other doctors to pay 40-50 per cent commission for referring patients to his laboratory. Later, due to a personal tragedy, he decided to stop this practice and now charges almost half of the fees he used to charge earlier for conducting lab tests.

Dr Amol Pandit, an oncologist who currently practices in Wales, England, said that after studying abroad when he came to India he was asked by other doctors to pay 30-50 per cent commission for referring patients to him. Even in big hospitals, he found that doctors were advised to exaggerate their patient’s illness so much so that the patient becomes mentally prepared for huge medical expenses. Disappointed, he decided to leave India and began practicing in another country.

At Kowdipally village of Medak district in Andhra Pradesh it was found that many rural women were made to undergo hysterectomy. It is believed that in most of those cases, hysterectomy might not have been medically required. Dr Puneet Bedi, a gynaecologist, said it was impossible to believe that so many women would medically need to undergo hysterectomy.

Describing our medical services as sick, Aamir Khan asked why so many doctors have become ill? What do they need to get well?

In 2001, Dr Ketan Desai, then chairman of the Medical Council of India (MCI), was removed from his post by an order of the Delhi High Court. In his place Major General (Retired) Som Jhingon was appointed. But within a year, Major General Jhingon resigned from his post because he could not tolerate what he had to witness there. According to him, everywhere it was only money — Rs 2-3-4 crore — in the play. For instance, there were professional contractors who would arrange patients, doctors and equipments on rent during the inspection of a medical college. Soon, Dr Desai came back as the chairman of the MCI and remained in that position till the CBI arrested him in a case of corruption.

When Aamir Khan asked Dr K K Talwar, the current chairman of the Board of Governors of the MCI, what’s happening, Dr Talwar said, whatever happening was wrong and that it’s sad for the medical profession. Dr Talwar also acknowledged media reports, which claim students are paying Rs 40-50 lakh donations for getting admission in a medical college. He also acknowledged the practice of deploying rented doctors, rented patients etc during a medical college’s inspection.

When asked what actions the MCI has taken to address these issues, Dr Talwar said, “We need to find a way out. It’s been happening for long and will need some time to fix.” Speaking about the mass hysterectomy in Andhra Pradesh, Dr Talwar said it cannot be justified and that doctors should be ashamed of this. He also assured that it’s his duty to take action in this case.

Talking about the functioning of the MCI Ethics Committee, Aamir Khan said the MCI has revealed in an RTI (Right to Information) reply that since 2008, not a single doctor’s license has been permanently cancelled in India. In comparison, according to Khan, in the UK, the medical license of 42 doctors in 2008, 68 doctors in 2009 and 73 doctors in 2010, were cancelled permanently.

On being asked when a bad doctor’s licence will get cancelled permanently in India, Dr Talwar said, “We will not hesitate to take this action.”

Diagnosing the state of healthcare in India, Dr C M Gulhati, editor of Monthly Index of Medical Specialties, India (a journal on drugs) said, the real problem is in India health is not a top priority. Even today, just 1.4 per cent of the country’s GDP (gross domestic product) is spent on healthcare and according to him, unless it is raised to 6 per cent, the country cannot provide reasonable healthcare to all its citizens.

Since 1990-91, the government policy, according to Dr Gulhati, has been to make government institutions smaller and private set-ups bigger. Agreeing with Dr Gulhati, Aamir Khan said research by his team has revealed that prior to independence, India had 20 government medical colleges and one private medical college. But since 2001, whereas 106 medical colleges have been set-up in the private sector, only 31 medical colleges have been established by the government.

Talking about the incentives given by pharmaceuticals companies to doctors to prescribe their branded drugs, Dr Gulhati said doctors get about 20 per cent commission on the drugs they prescribe to their patients. He also said that pharmaceuticals companies give Rs 1.31 lakh per doctor per year amounting to a total of Rs 12.5 thousand crore. He also pointed out that while in every other field both giving bribe as well as taking it are illegal, in medical line, only taking bribe is illegal, not giving it.

The programme also featured Dr Devi Shetty of Narayana Hrudayalaya who has made good healthcare accessible and affordable to even common man through his various healthcare schemes, including the Yashaswini scheme that covers 40 lakh farmers. Under the scheme, each farmer gives Rs 10 per month and the government contributes Rs 30 for every such farmer. Dr Shetty said people covered by the scheme get all their treatment, including heart operations, if the need be, for free.

When asked how he is able to provide affordable healthcare services to even poor people, Dr Shetty said while he charges rich people Rs 1.40 lakh for a heart operation, the same operation is offered for Rs 60,000 to poor people. Also by doing more operations — 35 heart operations are performed at Dr Shetty’s hospitals per day, he is able to bring cost per operation. He also said that since 12 per cent of the country’s total surgeries are done at his hospitals, he gets surgical goods at a discounted rate from the companies.

According to Dr Shetty, India’s strength lies in its 120 crore people. He said in our country, there are 75 crore people who individually spend Rs 150 per month on their mobile phone. If they can be convinced to pay Rs 10 per month to subscribe a healthcare scheme, they all can get access to good and affordable healthcare services.

Exhorting medical students to listen to their heart and do what they believe to be right, Dr Shetty said, “If you decide to do something good for the society, all the obstacles in your way will start disappearing on their own.”

Dr Samit Sharma, a former doctor and now an IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer and managing director of Rajasthan Medical Services Corporation (RMSC), raised another issue of how 65 per cent of the country’s population, according to the WHO (World Health Organisation), still cannot afford essential medicines. He said this could be changed if doctors start prescribing generic version of essential drugs. Currently, doctors mostly prescribe only branded drugs, which are costly, as compared to the generic version of the same drugs.

For instance, a branded drug for diabetes, according to Dr Sharma, is sold for Rs 117 whereas the generic version of the same drug is available in the market for just Rs 1.95 per 10 tablets. Similarly, a branded medicine for blood cancer is sold for Rs 1.25 lakh per packet, which lasts for a month, whereas the generic version of the same medicine is sold by three different companies for Rs 10,200, Rs 8,800 and Rs 6,500 per packet. Dr Sharma said India is currently exporting Rs 45,000 crore worth of generic medicines to other countries.

On this, Aamir Khan wondered why doctors don’t prescribe the generic drugs to their patients. Responding to this, Dr Sharma said when doctors start their practice the sales team of various pharmaceuticals companies pressurise and tempt them to prescribe their companies’ branded drugs. Still, he said, all doctors are not bad, even today there are doctors who give free samples to their patients, and in some cases they even pay for the medicines.

33 Comments

  1. Pankaj Shah Pankaj Shah Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    It seems that your father is doctor or you are failed person in acting business. Aamir is just heading the program which throw light on present situation facing by common people of India. Knowledge is borrowed by anybody please try to know the things….because knowing is yours …..we must understand basic difference between knowledge & knowing……criminal is the person who can not make sound against wrong things…..

  2. Vikas Vikas Thursday, June 7, 2012

    Why we always become defensive, instead of correcting ourselves we try to rationalize our act, MCI taking not action against doctors who are doing malpractice can not be compared to the situation in UK and situation in India in which doctors are working, ethical rules are same everywhere. May be he has exaggerated in representing data, but its sure the condition is deteriorating day by day and people are loosing faith and there is no smoke without fire and impaired boys and girls sex ration is example of it, that somebody some where is doing malpractice. So its right time to wake up and cleaning the things instead of attacking him back. Take the positive out of it and try to clean ourselves. I still think doctors are next to God and believe God can not be every where so he has sent doctors on earth and would love to believe it rest of my life.

    One Patient

  3. Dr. M C Gupta, Advocate Dr. M C Gupta, Advocate Saturday, June 2, 2012

    1—Amir Khan made it clear at the beginning of the program that the episode was not about mistakes and negligence that a doctor might commit but about dishonest acts, committed with dishonest intention, that might even amount to fraud and breach of trusts. That statement was quite fair.
    2—What was not fair was the following:
    a—He never made a firm or clear statement (which is a fact) that though there may be some doctors who are knowingly dishonest, a high percentage are still honest and sincere and such percentage is probably higher than that in various other professions or vocations. Thus his presentation was unbalanced and unfair and was biased against doctors.
    b—There is a general principle that when a matter is in the court, it is best to avoid trial by the media. The example of Major Pankaj Rai, who even appeared on the TV and made a long statement, should have been best avoided or, at the most, given only a brief mention. The case is already in the court and programmes like this potentially vitiate the outcome of the court proceedings. IMA or some other agency needs even to explore the possibility of taking necessary legal action in this regard. The defendant doctor / hospital would be well advised to ask their lawyer to press this point in the pending court case.
    c—The presentation of Shri V S Venkatesh’s case was imbalanced and unfair. He said his toes had been amputated by a surgeon to save him from infection. What is wrong with the approach taken by the doctors? Are doctors to be judged by patients’ perceptions? Why was a surgeon not asked to comment on the merits of the case. This was the Basic duty of the program organisers. If Shri V S Venkatesh felt so agitated to bring his case to every home in India through the TV, why did he not take his case to the court (Consumer court; medical council; police)?
    d—Amir Khan is just an actor. The program organisers should have seen to it that no one sided views are presented. When patients, who are laymen, gave their versions, it was the duty of the program organisers to ask about the response of the doctors present from a scientific point of view.
    3—It was nice to hear the experience of Dr Anil Pichhar, who runs a pathological laboratory at Santa Cruz in Mumbai. He said that when he started his lab he was asked by other doctors to pay 40-50 per cent commission for referring patients to his laboratory. Later, due to a personal tragedy, he decided to stop this practice and now charges almost half of the fees he used to charge earlier for conducting lab tests.
    4—The experience shared by Dr Amol Pandit was shocking. He is an oncologist who currently practices in Wales, England. He said that after studying abroad when he came to India he was asked by other doctors to pay 30-50 per cent commission for referring patients to him. Even in big hospitals, he found that doctors were advised to exaggerate their patient’s illness so much so that the patient becomes mentally prepared for huge medical expenses. Disappointed, he decided to leave India and began practicing in another country.
    5—The incidence of mass hysterectomies as described in relation to Kowdipally village of Medak district in Andhra Pradesh was alarming. It was found that many rural women were made to undergo hysterectomy. It is believed that in most of those cases, hysterectomy might not have been medically required. Dr Puneet Bedi, a gynaecologist, said it was impossible to believe that so many women would medically need to undergo hysterectomy. This is a case where the AP Medical Council should suo moto investigate this matter and inflict heavy punishment on those found guilty. The National Commission for Women should also take suo moto cognizance of this.
    6– Major General Jhingon, also described his tragic experience. He was appointed by the Delhi HC to look after the MCI after the HC, vide orders dated 2001, removed Dr. Ketan Desai from his post. Gen. Jhingon resigned from his post soon because he could not tolerate what he had to witness there. According to him, everywhere it was only money — Rs 2-3-4 crore — in the play. For instance, there were professional contractors who would arrange patients, doctors and equipments on rent during the inspection of a medical college conducted by the MCI. Soon, Dr Desai came back as the chairman of the MCI and remained in that position till the CBI arrested him in a case of corruption.
    7—The presentation by Dr. K K Talwar, Chairman, Board of Governors, was uninspiring. He agreed that there were many wrongs which need to be set right. When asked by the host Amir Khan as to what actions the MCI has taken to address these issues, Dr Talwar said, “We need to find a way out. It’s been happening for long and will need some time to fix.” Most interestingly, and wrongly, he added—I have been here only for 8-9 months. The fact is that he has been in the post for full 12 months. (However, it is possible that the program itself was recorded 4 months ago. If so, such clarification should have been given by the program organisers).
    8—The data presented by the host about the British Medical Council was quite revealing in that the medical license of 42 doctors in 2008, 68 doctors in 2009 and 73 doctors in 2010, were cancelled permanently. In India, the number is zero. This cannot be otherwise considering the irresponsible and non-serious manner in which the MCI as well as the state Medical Councils work. Some examples are as follows:
    a–Delhi Medical Council found nothing wrong with a doctor who injected the drug Lasix in a dose of 5000 mg. within a span of 10 minutes in a 70 years old person while the normal dose is 20-40 mg. He died of arrhythmia within 40 minutes of injection.
    b—As informed in response to an RTI application, the MCI informed that it has no guidelines to match the punishment awarded to match the gravity of the crime.

    9–Dr C M Gulhati, editor of Monthly Index of Medical Specialties, India, lamented that the increasing number of private medical colleges which charge hefty capitation fee. . I do not share his views. My views are as follows:
    a—There is nothing wrong with the concept of private medical colleges. Most of the medical schools in USA are private and are world renowned. Many medical institutions in UK are private.
    b—The practice of capitation fee is illegal as per SC judgments. Everybody knows that this practice is there. All that is needed is recognition of these colleges being cancelled by the MCI. This is not done because the colleges are money machines owned by politicians.
    c– The shameful record of WB Medical Council as regards Dr. Kunal Saha case is for all to see. The the WBMC found nothing wrong in a doctor giving Depot Medrol injection twice a day over about a week leading ultimately to the death of the patient. The dose should have been not more than one injection a week. Dr. Saha had to go up to the Supreme Court to get justice.

    10–, Dr Gulhati said doctors get about 20 per cent commission on the drugs they prescribe to their patients. He also said that pharmaceuticals companies give Rs 1.31 lakh per doctor per year amounting to a total of Rs 12.5 thousand crore. He also pointed out that while in every other field both giving bribe as well as taking it are illegal, in medical line, only taking bribe is illegal, not giving it. His statement invites the following comments from me:
    a—He has not given the source of his data about the figure of Rs 12.5 thousand crore.
    b—It is a loose statement that—“ that while in every other field both giving bribe as well as taking it are illegal, in medical line, only taking bribe is illegal, not giving it”.
    11–The programme also featured Dr Devi Shetty of Narayana Hrudayalaya who has made good healthcare accessible and affordable to even common man through his various healthcare schemes, including the Yashaswini scheme that covers 40 lakh farmers
    12–Dr Samit Sharma, MBBS, now an IAS officer working as managing director of Rajasthan Medical Services Corporation (RMSC), raised another issue of how 65 per cent of the country’s population, according to the WHO (World Health Organisation), still cannot afford essential medicines. He said this could be changed if doctors start prescribing generic version of essential drugs.
    I think the MCI needs to modify its 2002 Regulations to incorporate the requirement that doctors must prescribe using generic names of drugs and not doing so would be violative of medical ethics.
    13—CONCLUSION—It was a good program. It highlighted the deficiencies in the existing system related to medical ethics; pricing of drugs; medical education; and, in general, the functioning of the MCI. It would have been desirable for the program to include the following also:
    a—Representation from IMA;
    b—Representation from the legal community;
    c—Representation from AYUSH department / practitioners, highlighting how quackery is rampantly committed by AYUSH practitioners and still left unpunished and the reasons for such non-punishment.
    d—A statement that the case of Major Pankaj Rai is already in the court and the aim of the program is not to influence the outcome of that case by indulging in trial by media.

    —-Dr. M C Gupta (Former Professor and Dean)
    MD (Medicine), LLM
    Advocate (Delhi Bar Council no. 857/2001)
    Ph: 9999-333-8
    2 June 2012

  4. Dr Surinder Kumar Joshi Dr Surinder Kumar Joshi Thursday, May 31, 2012

    DOCTOR, HEAL THYSELF !

    While watching the last episode of Satyamev Jayate, I was getting a feeling that Aamir khan is touching a hornet’s nest. Sure enough. The protests started the same day. But it is not as I had expected. It is a much muted reaction from a few doctors, may be because the others are too busy in their practice. There have been some sane and mature voices also from some senior professionals who had the courage to accept the fact based criticism.
    What Mr Khan had shown, discussed and brought to the public notice wasn’t anything new, not to the doctors at least. No doctor in India can claim to be so naïve as not to know what’s happening out there. In fact, I would honestly admit that the presentation was very touching and stirring.
    In film line Aamir has created new bench marks of excellence not only as an actor, director and producer but also as a humanitarian thinker. Now he has entered the arena of social activism/ reform. By taking on the evils affecting our medical profession head on and handling the issues with exemplary sensitivity he has done a commendable job.
    Why the Protests ?
    The protests are mostly because :
    1. The criticism is coming from an outsider, a non-medical who himself is rolling in money.
    2. Medical profession is being singled out. What about other professions? Which profession is clean, Politicians, bureaucrats, police, engineers, judiciary, lawyers, accountants… who is clean and not corrupt ?
    3. Entire profession is being painted black because of some black sheep. A large majority are good doctors doing a good job considering the amount of work load they are handling.
    4. The poor salaries that the doctors are paid. Mr Khan should know the princely salary (about Rs 20000/-) that an average doctor draws in India after getting his degree and even after PG ( Rs 30 to 40 thousand). Impressive returns after investing 10 years of their life and almost a crore of their hard earned ( or borrowed) money on their MBBS degree and further more on post graduation !
    5. The adverse conditions under which the doctors have to work, in terms of lack of equipment, trained manpower, and poor facilities.
    These are some of the points they feel that Mr Aamir should have taken cognizance of. Although some of the grievances of doctors are well justified, they cannot serve as an effective defense against the charges.
    Their objection to singling out the medical profession, for instance, has no validity. This is the only profession which affects the human lives so critically and so directly. No other profession can have such crucial impact on human lives as the medical profession. And therefore, any dereliction, negligence, carelessness or corruption gets magnified a hundred times instantaneously. Aamir has taken up the subject because corruption and unprofessionalism in medical profession has reached such proportions that it is seriously affecting the lives and safety of people.
    There is no denying that medical profession has been doing a great job for relieving the pain and suffering of mankind for centuries and the society has generously appreciated that by elevating the doctor to the level of demigod. But unfortunately the creed of those devoted and honest doctors is gradually dwindling so much that they are in danger of becoming an extinct species. The number of cases of corruption, carelessness, negligence and even criminal offences among medical professionals, in the present day, is alarming and they are on the increase. Every day we hear the news of doctors arrested in some or the other place for some or the other offense. The problem is further increasing because other doctors ( who are clean) do not do their duty of reporting these corrupt doctors to the Medical Councils as required vide MCI Regulations 2002.
    Traditionally medical profession has been allowed to self regulate. But now because of the irresponsible ( even criminal ) behavior of many unscrupulous and greedy doctors, and non- effectiveness of the Medical Councils in regulating their conduct, the society is feeling increasingly restless. They do not trust the doctors any more as much as they did in the past. But the genesis of this malady needs to be understood in the correct perspective .
    Health -a Low Priority : The problem starts with the political system. Health Ministry has generally been among the lowest priority in terms of the budget allocation as well as the appointment of health Ministers. Most of the health ministers have been the individuals who had no clue about the subject of Health Planning and Administration. Many of the appointees are such as have already proved their incompetence elsewhere or those who have to be adjusted under pressure from Mamtas, Lalitas, Mayas or other coalition partners. They neither have the acumen nor any interest in the job. The MCI and its State Councils have been a big disappointment, ruining whatever reputation the profession had. Still, it is not that there is a dearth of competent and honest doctors in the country. The problem is that our system does not want them.
    Quality of Medical Education : As regards the doctors, there is certainly a decline in the quality of medical education. The young boys and girls who enter the profession are still innocent, honest and untouched by corruption. They can be molded any way. But our worthy teachers do not have the time from their private practice or other activities. The example most of them set ( to be emulated by the students ) falls far short of the image of a teacher in terms of honesty, integrity, commitment and concern for teaching for which they are hired and paid. The tradition of administration of Hippocratic Oath to students in medical colleges is no more in practice. The Code of professional Ethics and Conduct prescribed by the MCI is not known to an overwhelming majority of the fresh graduates because medical ethics is not a subject included in the curriculum. The only time the subject crops up is when the doctor has to apply for registration with the State Medical Council which requires the doctor to submit an affidavit that he has read the MCI ( Code of Conduct, Ethics and Etiquette )Regulations , 2002, doesn’t matter whether he has actually read it or not.
    Quality of doctors also depends on the quality of students entering the profession. Mr Aamir mentioned that most of the students entering the medical profession must be very intelligent. Well, one cannot be too sure- certainly not about the students who get the admission after paying huge capitation fees and enter the medical colleges licensed through bribes. Many of these students belong to very rich families and all they are interested in is getting a degree to decorate their names rather than learning the profession. Why are so many young dentists and Medical graduates running after MBA these days rather than practicing their profession and honing their skills ? The fact is that many of them did poorly because of poor training facilities in the colleges or due to lack of aptitude and find themselves a ‘misfit’ as a clinician. The same seats could have been utilized by students who were really interested in the profession. These are some of the factors affecting the quality of students entering the profession. If some of them still remain dedicated even after graduation, the conduct of senior professionals under whom they work, serves as a good detergent to wash off the stain.
    Money Matters : Let’s look at the problem from economic angle. The society and the government expects that after having invested so many years and so much of money, the doctor should remain satisfied and happy and work like a ‘good boy’ ( or ‘good girl’) in rural areas without adequate facilities/amenities and continue working like a dedicated robot without any care for his own and his family’s needs, necessities and aspirations. When people around him from ‘Mantri’ to ‘Santri’ are blatantly eating into the portals of the nation, a doctor must have a Teflon coating to keep him protected from the evils afflicting our entire society. Let’s not forget that the doctors, too, are from, and live in, the same society. If the society around them has become corrupt and is getting away with it, how can the doctors remain unaffected.
    I am an optimist and do believe that the malady is not incurable. The solution will come up once the doctors seriously get down to diagnosing the ailment. They will find the cure also. Starting with working for a less corrupt society we also start indoctrinating the next gen doctors who are still free from the germs of this malady. As far as the senior doctors are concerned they are as much open to scrutiny by the IT department as any other citizen of the country. But the first step would be to put the corrupt politicians on the mat ( Who will bell the cat ! ).Once that is started and implemented in the police and IT departments, doctor’s will automatically fall in line. They are, by and large, amenable to reasoning because a large majority of them are good professionals not yet corrupted, but forced to compromise, may be to avoid being odd men.
    Going by the news of doctors being caught/ arrested for various acts of omission or commission every day, it does appear to be a case of ‘Res Ipsa loquitur’. The explaining has to be done by the medical profession and not by Mr Aamir Khan who is only showing us the mirror. He is only helping us medicos heal our ailing system. My medical brethren will do well to do some honest introspection. It’s time to clean up the house rather than shooting the messenger.
    DR S K JOSHI

  5. Dr John Ebnezar Dr John Ebnezar Thursday, May 31, 2012

    31/5/12

    I feel Aamir Khan should restrict himself to what he is best suited for that is acting. He charges crores of rupees for some silly ads and dances, and preaches gospel to doctors. A doctor’s life is tough and he has no business to preach us morals when his industry is stinking. Let him stem the rot there and leave us to ourselves. He himself is the beneficiary of one of the greatest marvels of medical science, IVF and should be grateful to the medical fraternity. He would have been appreciated if he had shown the world this aspect of the medical profession instead of focusing on a miniscule negative elements.

    He should donate the fee he is charging per episode for the upliftment of the medical profession? This is a small thing for a person who earns crores in endorsements and movies. Let him not be the judge but an example for others in being proactive.

    Dr John Ebnezar

  6. Dr. Gupta Dr. Gupta Wednesday, May 30, 2012

    I feel highly disappointed with this episode as it was lacking in the collection of facts and technically appropriate data. Medical profession esp the clinician is literally taking decisions in such a varied set up as every case is so different, dealing with the not so aware patients or the net savvy half doctors, that investigations are done for diagnosis and not for some mere comission. The docs coming in from US or UK shd not believe that they ll be worshipped for their skill, (as we have the brains and the hard working docs still with us), if at all they wan to serve the country we have govt jobs to do many surgeries with the govt salary package which shd satisfy them!! they shd not fly back if not treated like a VIP.
    I strongly protest the broadcast of such one sided and technically inappropriate material on national television, it needs further discussion and certainly an apology.

  7. S.Raj S.Raj Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Its sad to note that most of the accusations brought about in Amir’s show are very true.

    Most of the private medical colleges dont have the required number of faculties and even some govt medical colleges resort to parading fake faculties during MCI inspections.

    Escalating medical costs, defensive medical practice by doctors and lack of ethical character all contribute to the woes of patients.

    On their part, doctors also dont get the proper recognition. Quacks are patronised more by our people and only advertisements can lure patients, which only the quacks are doing.

    Now, as far as sponsoring trips for the doctors, tell me one industry which does not pamper its patrons? Dont just tell that medicines alone cost the sky because of the huge amounts spent for doctors. What is the production cost of a maruti car or the production cost of any film in which our friend Amir has acted ? Are they given at the cost price or for a very low margin?

    Strict rules and a really potent MCI only can save the decorum of the medical profession. I guess not only medical profession but all the professions are at their lowest ethical state in our country. So dont just blame the doctors alone.

    And again as quoted by Dr.Maini, after having brought the medical profession under the ambit of the consumer act and making it equal to any other trade, one can expect only trade practices to prevail in medicare.

  8. Dr rekha agrawal Dr rekha agrawal Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    I would like to know how much dr samir paid his maid servant as salary?that she couldnot afford 200rs worth medicine when the good doctor was away for a few days.in an ideal world no one should die of preventable cause.has doctor samit heard of medical insurance for his employees. Introspection rather than accusation would help..dr rekha agrawal, mumbai

  9. Dr.Maini Dr.Maini Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    It appears that no good acts are being done by doctors and even then the various mortality rates of this country are coming down.

    The nation is struggling to complete its biology sections in class XI, and the poor children who did take up medical in class XI are shattered after seeing this episode.

    There should be better forums to take upon issues which I am sure are already existing and none of the people who are responsible are doctors.

    The doctors are the intellect cream of the society and am sure they are not morally criminals.Will of the Bollywood goods ever make a programme on how much good is been done by health sector… never.

    Donot bashup a delivering system to a limit that one day there are no healthcare providers Try and ask how many doctors want there children to be doctors and you would get the answer. THE WRITTING IS ON THE WALL

    The society has made health into a comodity by getting it into consumer protection act but now is unable to accept it when it is not up to the mark.

    health is not a priority for the people who decide on policies and so face it if the society wants it to fail.

  10. Karan Karan Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Hello,
    I beg to differe here.

    1. The medical field is a profession and public don’t really need social services. The issue is that almost everyone is not permorming their duties with dignity. The doctors are being paid for what they do, its not free.

    2. There are million issues in Indian Society, we need to start somewhere?? Don’t you agree?

    3. I am not saying all docs are bad, I am sure there 1000s docs who are soooperb.

    4. Cost of medical studies and Medicines is a known issue, but how come that impcats a doctor’s practice??

    Thanks,
    KARAN

  11. Aroona Joshi Aroona Joshi Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    What Aamir Khan is doing is definitely not peresonal.
    Why are the Doctors taking it so personally?
    What ever is shown, has been happening. That does not mean that all the Doctors are the same.
    It has never been mentioned……So all the Doctors out there, please be brave and accept the reality.
    So the maligned ones should be punished and that will give justification to the good Doctors.

  12. dr vikas sharma dr vikas sharma Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Sir,
    I have been a big fan or your work, life and principles. I am also a fan of ‘Satyamev Jayate’. But I was shocked to see the episode on 27th May, 2012. You are an Icon. You should have thought well and done the homework before doing such a biased show. There are only two people in the film industry that are being taken seriously by the thinking class of society, You and Amitabh Bacchhan. So, when you give such a biased and one sided version of a story, it hurts. Speaking about such a thing on a “commercial” TV show is bad. (I am sure you have taken a big amount, only doctor are supposed to do charity and social work, not actors!!! Right!)
    For ur knowledge, Sh. Aamir khan and writers and directors of satyamev show :
    There is a 125 %- 200% margin for chemists in so called cheap generic medicines
    While only 20% for ethical branded medicines,
    So now u know who is promoting generic medicines and the reasons behind it
    Who is to gain?
    Do u believe that there is no difference in the quality standards of same salt made at a cost of Rs. 2 and Rs. 100.
    Do u believe the drug control authorities that each pharma company to which they give licenses have same best standards if same why not govt fixes same prices for all .
    Sir think before you blame the entire community of doctors who have worked and studied for years and years in closed rooms.

    Do we decide the price of a drug? Do we manufacture or give license to drug manufacturers? Controlling the price of essential drugs is a government job. We are helpless.
    Sir, its easy to point fingers. We don’t say that all is well. But all is not well anyw
    Do we decide the price of a drug? Do we manufacture or give license to drug manufacturers? Controlling the price of essential drugs is a government job. We are helpless.
    Sir, its easy to point fingers.
    I want to stress further that its completely one sided story that is being presented.
    Everyone knows the diffference in quality of generic and branded medicines.
    if a pt with severe illness comes to a doctor and doctor prescribes him best branded ethical brand by a prestigious and best multinational company so that he gives the best medicine to his patient because it is his accountability and responsibility. This programme discussion concludes that writing best ethical brands is wrong. and doctors should write generic medicines. Does Mr. AAmir khan know the true diffefence in the quality difference between generic and ethical branded by multinational companies.Will he take generic medicnes for treatment of his disease.
    The truth is that there is a is big quality difference as the generic salts lack in bioavailability.

    In addition if the govt believes that there is no difference why no laws no restrictions over pharma companies why not fixe price for each medicine/salt. why drug control authorities are giving too many manufactiring licenses, why only very few drugs under price control, why no patent law .
    why blame lakhs of docs why not restrictions on drug controller, govt. officials, pharma companies.

    I am not trying to sensationalize things as you did on your show by shading those fake tears, but just trying to project that allegations are easy to make. I know you will say that this was the opinion of our guest, and not yours. But you provided a platform for these fake allegations.
    Sir, its easy to point fingers. We don’t say that all is well. But all is not well anywhere. Its a different thing creating awareness about dowry or female feticide. But its entirely different to comment on such a technical and complicated issue without getting into the details of it.
    You have maligned the entire medical fraternity. For every 10 doctors who are doing wrong, there are more than 1000 healers. You owe us an apology!!! This issue is not as simple as you think it is! Kindly bring the discussion to a logical fair conclusion.

  13. Dr. K.kant Dr. K.kant Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Dr. Bhargava,
    Hats off to ur befitting reply. You should have been there at the time of show, scnerio would have been diffrent.
    cheers,
    k.kant

  14. DR RAKESH BHARGAVA DR RAKESH BHARGAVA Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    DR RAKESH BHARGAVA
    COSULTANT ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEN
    PROF OF ORTHOPAEDICS
    JAIPUR

    SATYAMEV JAYATE AND HEALTHCARE

    In his latest episode of Satyam jayate Aamir Khan raised the issue of healthcare management and related issues.
    The first issue was of unwarranted and improper surgery. There was a time when doctors were deemed Gods. Then came the Consumer protection Act and a whole lot of bitterness crept in. The legal system forced doctors to understand ‘acts of omission’ (not doing what needed to be done) and ‘acts of commission’ (doing wrongly what was done).It was emphasized that acts of omission were more easily upheld, and hence more punishable. I believe that is why the swing was towards avoiding being sued for not doing the needed, resulting in a surge of investigations and aggressive management, even surgery. This is not purported as justification, just my cause and effect analysis. Take it or leave it.
    Then there was the issue of unwarranted hysterectomies. There can be no justification for this whatsoever, but here is another scenario. Increasingly, would be parents and expectant mothers are desiring their babies birth as per astrological signs and times. A lot of obstetricians are facing pressure to do Caesarian sections a la carte. Some succumb to the pressure, some don’t (I hope).A great peer pressure is “If I don’t do it, someone else will’. No justification this, but nevertheless very real.
    Come the issue of the Medical Council and medical colleges.
    The quest to become a doctor has not diminished, albeit it has grown manifold. Why is a different issue! With this growing quest has come the proposition and reality of diminishing number of seats in State medical schools. The reasons are all too obvious, and besides, that is not the subject of this manuscript. What resulted was the mushrooming of a host of private medical schools, where seats could be had sans the hard work and merit, through the backdoor may be, all for a price, and there were hordes of parents willing to shell out any amount so that their wards could ‘carry on the tradition’ or ‘follow in the footsteps’. The sums in vogue are 50-60 lakhs for undergraduate courses and a core and a half for postgraduation in specialties like Orthopaedics. Is it illogical to assume that these sums have to be recovered? No one, not even someone who is not a businessman, can perceive making dead investments of such magnitude. Money has to be recovered. Try and conjecture how. That is where it all begins, where Mr. Hyde takes birth. Who is to blame? “I put it to you, and I leave it to you.
    Inspections in medical colleges are a regulatory mechanism, but the MCI inspectors are just as much a part of the present Indian polity. As the famous dialogue of Hindi films goes”Har aadmi bikau hai, agar keemat sahi hai”. Every deed everyman has a price. No surprises you have a plethora of medical colleges with poor and inadequate infrastructure, inadequate facilities, inflated statistics and unjustifiable admissions through management quota and admission test conducted by their own Universities. So it all goes on. Does Dr Talwar, Chairman of the Board of Governors know about it? I think not, but maybe you think otherwise.
    ON THE PRESCRIPTION OF GENERIC MEDICINES
    If I am a doctor, I have to prescribe medicines. It is my professional right. As a doctor, it is my duty to write what I consider, to the best of my knowledge and my experience, the best medicines for the patient’s ailment. It is my onus and duty, my obligation and responsibility to try and cure the patient with drugs at my command. It is also binding on me that I shall “do no harm”.
    There are umpteen number of drug companies manufacturing drugs. Assuming that all multinational companies manufacture high quality drugs, there is still a plethora of similar drugs in the market. Give me one reason why I should prescribe one reputed company’s drug over another, all criterion being equal. Because they send me regular multicolored brochures? Because their representatives regularly call upon me and encroach on my time to remind me of products which I remember anyway? Or because they leave my table loaded with free samples I don’t need, and have a hard time giving them way because my patients don’t need them either? The ‘Mr. Hydes’ among the doctors have a very plausible and acceptable reason. Because that particular company gives him gifts, or may be takes him to conferences to brush up his professional knowledge and skill. You will find any number who will cry foul at this, but look around, search and tell me of one profession where this is not rampant in some form or the other.
    There are well nigh close to 20,000 companies, big and small that manufacture drugs. They are all licensed by the Drug Controller of India, as producing ethical and quality drugs as per the Pharmacopeias. The fact is that actual manufacturers of the generic salt of the drugs are very few, 1333 to be precise, as this requires a large facility for manufacturing from the raw material, and a quality control assessment laboratory to boot. The generic drug manufacturers then sell their products to other smaller manufacturers who merely capsule or bottle them, and sell it under their brand name. In other words most of these drug companies with small turnovers are really packaging units marketing drugs bulk produced by others. Then how come they are able to sell their products cheaper than the generic manufacturers themselves? For one, there is the question of overheads, be it advertising, research and development costs etc., etc., for the bulk producers. Second they prefer to keep their margin of profits higher. The smaller units prefer lower profit margins, but high turnovers. The second factor is the milkman phenomenon. Let me explain. The doodhwala rarely, if ever, brings you pure unadulterated milk. (If he does, it is at an exorbitant price compared to the market rate.) To keep his prices low, he adds water to milk. (Sometimes he adds milk to water, if he craves for even bigger profits.) This increases his bulk quantity and also allows him to lower the cost. The more the water, larger is the volume for distribution and much lower the price, but a far greater turnover and hence far greater profits. Translate this scenario to the pharmaceutical companies and you have a pretty good idea of how the marketing goes. These smaller units have no hesitancy in offering ‘cuts’ to the prescribers and when you envisage that for every ‘Dr. Jekyll’ there are more than an equal number of ‘Mr. Hyde ‘you really have a panoramic picture. To rob Mr. Hyde of his ‘legitimate cut’ there comes the hue and cry to force the doctors to prescribe only generic drugs. Fair enough, but when a generic prescription goes out in the market, who dispenses the company brand? The chemist, and remember he is a trader, a businessman. Mr. Hyde may be discreet sometime, but the chemist will ALWAYS give the brand with the maximum profit margin. Trusting him to do otherwise is like trusting Shylock, of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, to dispense with his pound of flesh. So which will it be- Scylla or Charybdis, the devil or the deep sea? You decide Aamir, for this is the way the cookie crumbles.

  15. neha neha Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    This serial of Satyamev Jayate was absolutely degrading and discouraging because MOST of the doctors work sincerely and their greatest satisfaction lies in the betterment of the patient .Nothing gives us more happiness than when a patient who comes terribly ill to us walks out happy and disease free from the hospital.
    However,we also have families to feed and children to send to school.I don’t know why it is expected for doctors to charge nothing ,as though our knowledge has no value.Even an electrician who comes to our house for little work takes his fee of 300/- ,then says that he is ailing from this and that, and we write down medicines free of any consultation fee (and sometimes even provide free samples.An electrician (or for that matter anyone)can expect to be paid for his knowledge on his subject and not us.This is ridiculous !
    I think we should all work ethically,prescribe no unnecessary investigations and write the cheapest drugs available to one and all.Private medical colleges run mostly by politicians,industrialists and businessmen need to be under strict surveillance by the MCI so that students studying in these medical colleges get proper education.But,blaming the whole fraternity of dedicated doctors for the mistake of a small percentage of corrupt doctors and MCI is NOT ACCEPTABLE.
    We are all as passionate about medicine as is Amir khan about acting,but he is not acting for free.While they charge crores for dancing before trees, they do not expect us to charge nominal fee for our years of hardwork ,sleepless nights ,sacrifice of family life and stressful situation we live in everyday dealing with the life and death of people.
    Hospital equipment is terribly expensive ,hospitals need to be standardised ,accreditated by appropiate bodies to provide the highest quality care and all that needs money.And after maintaining all that ,I have heard many well to do people complaining of 200 /- consultaion fees for specialists,when they can go to multiplexes every now and then and buy tickets @ 250/-.
    While giving statistics of the west,you should know that the doctors working there with equivalent degrees are being paid 20 times the amount a doctor with the same qualification in India ,who is seeing 50 times the patients yearly BUT getting 50 times less respect,thanks to such ridiculous episodes you produce for high TRPs.
    We agree,few doctors put the whole fraternity to shame .We ourselves work hard to curb such evil and try to improve our community and remind ourselves of our ethics everyday.We definitely don’t need biased opinions from people who have no first hand knowledge of how the system works because it is very frustrating to watch it on tv and not be able to tell as to how wrong the whole issue is being projected.
    Kindly be more careful when dealing with such sensitive issues in future.

  16. Dr. Bharti Dr. Bharti Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    I think, we should not bear all this non-sense. We should call for one day nation-wide strike. Mr. khan should be made to apologize the doctors. One who himself is not a doctor, is not possible for such a person to understnd the tough times one goes spending long hours studying to become a doctor.

  17. Bunty Bunty Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Just to prove that he is worthy of charging Rs 3 crore per episode, Mr. Amir Khan has created this sensational filmy episode by showing one side story. Did Mr. Amir Khan’s team took a view point from the doctors who amputated the foot or carried out the transplant without consent ( I wonder whether any doctor would do it willfully??). By showing interview of one doctor who has not come to India, you are putting the blame on all others doctors who had come back to India for practice.
    If everybody in this world do his/her duty honestally, in which ever profession he is, this world would be better place to live in!

  18. Pradeep Pradeep Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    medical profession is a noble profession and chairman of MCI appeared as he knows allthe truth but he is unable to act , tip of iceberg is exposed let good doctors take charge of MCI democratically which is a remote possibility this cancerous disease will die it’s own death once other systems improve

  19. narendra malhotra narendra malhotra Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    to generalise all doctors and the proffession as dishonest and non caring and etc etc in this programme was terrible mistake……………

  20. narendra malhotra narendra malhotra Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    “every life is precious” that’s a true statement.What ails our medical proffession is still a lot of our population goes to quakes and unqualified “doctors:” for treatment and when things go wrong it is the doctors as a whole who are blamed.Medical care and good medical care is impossible to give free to patienst , that even rich countires like USA have found out, insurance makes the whole proffession a bussiness…………..actual fact is that GDP alloted to health care is grossly inadequate and the “aam” admi has no provision or no saving or no budget for health care…..”aam adami” never keeps anything for a dark rainy sick day which he /his family may encounter one day…so no monney is in his hand to mouth budget…..the main concerns are build a house, weddings of children(girls).
    the people who make these shows need to go and see the doctors work in adverse conditions , fighting to save lives …………..
    rest we all have black and dirty fishes in all proffessions and ofcourse a intrspection is needed to give good health care and honesty is needed to provide the best treatment even when you charge…

  21. Dr C S singhai Dr C S singhai Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Dear Amir
    Do you know THAT not all the Doctors are involved in such practice, as you have good & bad in your industry as well.
    There may be few examples but still majorty of Doctors are doing Honest, Just & ethical practice.
    I want to tell you some suggestions –
    If private hospitals are vanished form country, then COUNTRY’S HEALTH STRUCTURE WILL BE PARALYSED. So dont criticise them.
    In every nuisence of doctors he is a partner of many persons including politicians which we come to know dailly.
    This cleanliness in country is needed form Parliament down to common people.
    Who is really punished in this country, then how MCI can be so rigid, ULTIMATELY THERE ARE INTEREST OF NON MEDICAL PERSONS FROM MCI AS WELL.
    DO YOU REMEMBER DR VENU GOPAL EX DIRECTOR OF AIIMS, WHAT YOU WERE DOING THAT TIME.
    There should be control on Pharma industry as well, WHICH GOVT COULD NOT DO EVEN TODAY.

    GOVT SHOULD IMPROOVE MEDICAL POLICY, INFRASTRUCTURE, AWARD OF DEGREES LIKE MBBS (bio), MD IN AYURVEDA, BAMS (where A stand for Ayurveda & Alternative both), IN ORDER TO KEEP A CHECK ON MALPRAXIS.

  22. dr vikas sharma dr vikas sharma Monday, May 28, 2012

    I want to stress further that its completely one sided story that is being presented.
    Everyone knows the diffference in quality of generic and branded medicines.
    if a pt with severe illness comes to a doctor and doctor prescribes him best branded ethical brand by a prestigious and best multinational company so that he gives the best medicine to his patient because it is his accountability and responsibility. This programme discussion concludes that writing best ethical brands is wrong. and doctors should write generic medicines. Does Mr. AAmir khan know the true diffefence in the quality difference between generic and ethical branded by multinational companies.Will he take generic medicnes for treatment of his disease.
    The truth is that there is a is big quality difference as the generic salts lack in bioavailability.
    In addition if the govt believes that there is no difference why no laws no restrictions over pharma companies why not fixe price for each medicine/salt. why drug control authorities are giving too many manufactiring licenses, why only very few drugs under price control, why no patent law .
    why blame lakhs of docs why not restrictions on drug controller, govt authorities,. pharma companies.

    Do we decide the price of a drug? Do we manufacture or give license to drug manufacturers? Controlling the price of essential drugs is a government job. We are helpless.
    Sir, its easy to point fingers. We don’t say that all is well. But all is not well anywhere.
    if docs do not unite now they will be made scape goats by corrupt govt officials, drug control authorities, retailers, pharma manufacturers.

  23. dr vikas sharma dr vikas sharma Monday, May 28, 2012

    Good reply by DR. Sanjeev Jain, I want to stress further that its completely one sided story that is being presented.
    Everyone knows the diffference in quality of generic and branded medicines.
    if a pt with severe illness comes to a doctor and doctor prescribes him best branded ethical brand by a prestigious and best multinational company so that he gives the best medicine to his patient because it is his accountability and responsibility. This programme discussion concludes that writing best ethical brands is wrong. and doctors should write generic medicines. Does Mr. AAmir khan know the true diffefence in the quality difference between generic and ethical branded by multinational companies.Will he take generic medicnes for treatment of his disease.
    The truth is that there is a is big quality difference as the generic salts lack in bioavailability.
    In addition if the govt believes that there is no difference why no laws no restrictions over pharma companies why not fixe price for each medicine/salt. why drug control authorities are giving too many manufactiring licenses, why only very few drugs under price control, why no patent law .
    why blame lakhs of docs why not restrictions on drug controller, govt. pharma companies.

  24. Dr RATHNA SRINIVASAN Dr RATHNA SRINIVASAN Monday, May 28, 2012

    Dear Mr Aamir Khan
    At the outset I want to congratulate u for doing this special programme.It gives us the opportunity together to try to see the truth which is complete only having both the views.
    First of all our profession is to date considered most pious and most of us behave that way.there are always two sides to a story and I would want u to get both the side stories and leave the decision to the public.As it is these days people think that paying money can get them anything including doctors and can u imagine the pitiful plight of medical profession and when this happens believe me nobody is there to support us.when a nice outcome of case happens because of a doctor or a team of doctors nobody offers any recognition but when a mistake according to the injured party is there many times immaterial of the truth doctors are treated very badly even being taken to the police station.
    Can anybody imagine what a doctor undergoes when he r she is dealing with a case …no nobody can even understand that situation where we forget our own problems get involved with the patient and not caring do what is best for them.if people who talk things come and spend few days with us then and only then will they at least understand about real things.
    I am not supporting only doctors but please get hold of the correct story and then conclude because we look upon u as icons and this can have a brutal effect on sincere doctors.
    I hope u can understand the importance of these replies and do the needful to help us all to fight the problems.
    Waiting to c the needed correction.
    Regards and good luck!
    Dr Rathna.

  25. Dr. Ramesh Vardhan Dr. Ramesh Vardhan Monday, May 28, 2012

    this is the first time i am seeing so many letters , hardly any one responded to my letters , despite asking for a replay \ answer. if any one really keen i can provide plenty data , about wrong doings by the government \mci \ health universities\ medical colleges \ hospitals \ doctors \ chemists\ pharma industry\ labs \ scanning centres\ advocates\ patients relatives \ patients \ staff\ ambulance drivers\ touts \middle man \ agents \ religious organisations\ social activists ……mr. amir khan may even get an oscar award for making a movie out it.( i can bet on it,) no one can beat us in this world when it comes to medical malpractices not even our padosi pakistan . in india any body can call himself a doctor with or with out a valid degree ( earned or bought) . as long as there is no transparency & accountability, this can never come down. my friends delay is deny, whether it is medicine or law . can you imagine in a country some times it takes more than an hour to cover a distance of 1 km. what can we expect about life – bearing & bringing an unwanted child specially by an irresponsible parent is a crime against humanity . a child has no right to chose a parent , where as parent has choice to plan a pregnancy , child birth , care , commitment towards their baby. there are more people q up to pay bribe , i see corrupt people in all walks of life . that’s why anna insists to involve each & every ( peon to director) in lokpal bill. the lower cadre are agents in the process of bribery. bribery should be declared as national disease with out cure. with this kind of population explosion no one can check this contagious disease. dr. ramesh vardhan

  26. Dr S Kant Gupta Dr S Kant Gupta Monday, May 28, 2012

    Some of the points raised in the programme mey be true. But to be corrupt or not is an individual’s choice. If one person is corrupt the whole professional body should not be labelled corrupt. If one leader is corrupt we cannot blame all our leaders. If one actor is corrupt the whole film world cannot be blamed.
    So one should not cast aspersions on the noble profession publically

  27. Prof.N.K.Pradhan Prof.N.K.Pradhan Monday, May 28, 2012

    Excellent show on our present health care system.
    This inhumanity has come up during last 15-20 yrs keeping pace with advances in technology and mushrooming of private sector sophisticated hospitals.
    The untold story in the show is activities of MCI in all respect . Aptly told “the intention behind individual doctor’s various actions, many of which may come under fraud and breach of trusts” is also applicable to the Institution which harbours such nefarious activities.

  28. Dr. Akhil Sangal Dr. Akhil Sangal Monday, May 28, 2012

    Dear Mr. Aamir Khan,
    Congrats for raising the issues in healthcare – perhaps of necessity partial and lopsided. Hope you will be willing to take this to its logical end.

    The ills of healthcare are widely known, accepted and acknowledged. We have plethora of programs and platforms to highlight these. However, when it comes to solutions and contributing to corrections – there are hardly any takers. ICHA is among one such efforts. The struggle to find contributors to solutions are nearly impossible to find. May be Mr. Aamir Khan would be willing to come forward and help in finding solutions.

    We focus on implementation and achieving rather than make “should” statements. All takers are welcome to visit ICHA web site for details and write to me.

    Dr. Akhil Sangal
    CEO – ICHA

  29. DR VINOD PRIYA DR VINOD PRIYA Monday, May 28, 2012

    Message to AMIRKHAN – READ AND SHARE ALL MEDICOS N DOCTORS.

    Dear Mr. Amir Khah,
    “NOT ALL DOCTORS ARE GREEDY”
    “THERE IS NO PROFESSION THAT IS ABSOLUTELY CLEAN”
    “DOCTORS ARE OBLIGED TO SERVE BY CHOICE, NOT BY COMPULSION”
    Sir,
    I have been a big fan or your work, life and principles. I am also a fan of ‘Satyamev Jayate’. But I was shocked to see the episode on 27th May, 2012. You are an Icon. You should have thought well and done the homework before doing such a biased show. There are only two people in the film industry that are being taken seriously by the thinking class of society, You and Amitabh Bacchhan. So, when you give such a biased and one sided version of a story, it hurts. Speaking about such a thing on a “commercial” TV show is bad. (I am sure you have taken a big amount, only doctor are supposed to do charity and social work, not actors!!! Right!)

    I want to highlight few important points here. And yes I am qualified to make observations as I am a medical student.

    1. Your guests and audience (the words were almost put in their mouth) said that private colleges charge a capitation fee of 40 – 50 Lacs for MBBS, you should have also produced some evidence of such practice. Like you call a victim in all your episodes, why not here? And do the same story Engineering, Architecture, Law and MBA colleges, do you think they are clean? Why target doctors alone?

    2. You said Since 2001, government opened 31 medical colleges and 106 private institutes were opened. – Please note that today in India, there are a total of 181 Private and 152 Govt Medical colleges. So the number is not as bad s you projected. Don’t project only the time period which suits your story. Either give a complete picture or do not give a picture at all!
    And also, please find out how many of these private colleges are owned by politicians? 95% of Private colleges in India are owned and run by politicians. It is a bloody nexus between politicians and MCI. The corruption by politicians is to blamed for the mess, not doctors!!!

    3. One of your guest (Dr. Gulhati) said that doctors ask for 30% commission from Pharma companies to write their drugs. That is baseless, over-the-roof and sensationalizin g the matter. That is as true as “Most Leading actors ask newcomers to sleep with them” or “Lawyers take money from both the sides in a legal battle” or “Most chartered accountants teach their clients how to save tax and also pass info to taxman on where his client saved tax”. I know all of you will shout “Where is the proof?”. So are doctors!!!

    I am not trying to sensationalize things as you did on your show by shading those fake tears, but just trying to project that allegations are easy to make. I know you will say that this was the opinion of our guest, and not yours. But you provided a platform for these fake allegations.

    4. You compared the numbers of Licenses cancelled in England and in India. I must say your team is quite resourceful and please collect and compare following details also –
    a.Number of doctors beaten on duty by goons from various political outfits in government hospitals in UK and India in last 10 years, and also the number of people convicted for such crime.
    b.The Stipend (Salary a post-graduate trainee doctor/intern gets) or Salary and accommodation facilities provided to the doctors of the two countries.
    c.The duty hours and working conditions of the doctors of the two countries.
    d.The academic and research infrastructure being provided to the medical students.

    5. You said that the most brilliant students who take up medicine, should take it only for service to mankind, they should go to other fields if they want to earn. Why? Are we living in imperialism? Are doctors not allowed to earn and spend a good life? You were asking Dr. Devi Shetty whether he can do humanitarian work and Earn at same time? This is like asking Amirkhan or Shahrukh-khan their income and generalizing it for every actor in the industry (Even junior artists). Sir, just as there are only few Khans and Kapoors, There are even fewer Devi Shetty and Naresh Trehan who run their chain of Multi-specialty hospitals spread all over the country. See what it takes to become a doctor and then give such “Geeta-Gyan”.
    a. 5 and half year of MBBS training and 1 more year of Compulsory Rural Internship at Rs. 15000 – 20000 per month. (Any other field eg. Engineering, Management, a person would become Postgraduate in this much time and start earning double the amount.)
    If one doesn’t study further, the pay at this step is 22,000 per month.
    b. After above 6 and half years of Graduation, 3 more years of Postgraduation, followed again by compulsory rural / Government job for 1 year or pay Rs. 25Lac bond.
    If one doesn’t study further, the pay at this step is 40,000 per month.
    c. After this above 10 and half years, 3 more years of Superspeciality , followed by 1 year of Govt job or a Bond of Rs. 2 Crore.

    And the seats are so few with tough competition, there tends to be a gap of a year or two in preparing for various entrance exams.

    6. Why only Doctors are being forced to work in rural and government hospitals after their study? Why only we should pay government if we don’t want to do it?

    The rural/Govt sector needs help of Engineers, Lawyers, Chartered Accountants and MBAs also.

    Why aren’t the Engineers sent to rural areas to design and monitor roads and industrials development?
    Why aren’t the Lawyers forced to work as Public prosecutors before they can join some big foreign corporate firm?

    Why aren’t the CAs asked to work in CAG office and various other government financial sectors before joining Multinational Giants?

    Now government wants that doctors should not immigrate to other countries without asking them. Why? Are the IIT/IIM students stopped before they flee to foreign countries for big fat salaries? So, why us? What is it that government of society has done for doctors that they should repay? They bloody can’t even protect them from goons while on duty.

    7. You say that doctors are writing unnecessary and costly medications. Do we decide the price of a drug? Do we manufacture or give license to drug manufacturers? Controlling the price of essential drugs is a government job. We are helpless.

    Sir, its easy to point fingers. We don’t say that all is well. But all is not well anywhere. Its a different thing creating awareness about dowry or female feticide. But its entirely different to comment on such a technical and complicated issue without getting into the details of it.

    You have maligned the entire medical fraternity. For every 10 doctors who are doing wrong, there are more than 1000 healers. You owe us an apology!!! This issue is not as simple as you think it is! Please show stories which are unbiased and straight-forwar d. You cannot do justice to such an issue, especially after charging a whooping amount for creating awareness!!!

    (We hear that Amir has charged 3 crores for episode of satyamevjayate in which he spreads the message to doctors that they should not make money and do social service!!! How sacred!!! I don’t know if its true, but well, it’s the season of allegations!)

    “We Doctors may be doing little social service, But at least we are not charging for it!”

  30. Dr Sanjeev Jain, Jodhpur Dr Sanjeev Jain, Jodhpur Monday, May 28, 2012

    When a MBBS entrant spents Rs 50 lacs, MD/MS Rs 1-2 crore, the recurring bank interest on him is Rs 10 – 20 lacs annually. From where he will return the Principal amount + recurring interest. The Govt of India should stop capitation fees, and financially assist the private medical colleges. It is the tax payer money which is being spent to improve the public health.

  31. Dr Sanjeev Jain, Jodhpur Dr Sanjeev Jain, Jodhpur Monday, May 28, 2012

    The Govt. of India should come out with a policy to mention the fix sale rate of medicine. the above generic diabetic drugsquoted by Dr Samit have higher print rate than a branded diabetic medicine.It is the discretion of the chemist to sale a generic verse medicine on a rate whatever he likes.He may charge as per MRP print. When a doctor prescribe medicine by salt name, the chemist will sale a medicine on which he gets maximum profit. A large population doesn’t know the reduced rates on which these so called generic branded medicine could be sold. There are no generic medicine sale shops in Rajasthan as mentioned by Dr Samit. The life line shops are established but here also there are many medicines which are sold at a higher rate. The same medicines are available at a reduced rate in the market. A paediatric Branded prescription for Diarrhoea vomiting without dehydration never costs more than Rs 50. Dr Samit has quoted an example of a maid servant who has to spent Rs 400 for treatment of her child. The Govt of Rajasthan should come out with a policy to appoint Drug Sale Supervisors, One such supervisor should have jurisdiction of inspecting maximum 100 shops. The present scenereo in Rajasthan is very miserable.The fake medicine market has taken deep roots. One doesn’t know which drug is genuine.

  32. dhiren dhiren Monday, May 28, 2012

    I like to ask Mr aamir khaan that if his notion is to provide knowledge why he is charging his fees 8 crore.he should do it free . secondly why he is not showing any thing regarding his beloved Bollywood which is full of shit , every body knows how difficult is to get a small role in a film .

    i think it is criminal to give less or wrong knowledge to persons . if this serial continues to give wrong knowledge it should be banned .

  33. Mrs.D. Saroja Mrs.D. Saroja Monday, May 28, 2012

    What Ameer Khan presented was the tip of the ice berg.
    Reality is much bigger.
    You must see quality of medical education .com and medico legal quries .com
    how the private medical college doctors are yelling and making a big hue and cry of this programme.
    Why Ameer Khan forgot to take up the purposeful collapse of Govt. institutions in order to facilitate corporate sector hospitals. Almost all the specilities the situation is the same , for cancer management it is the worst. Either Taareekh per Taareekh or total mess up of the case. The PO sepsis rates . The substandard medicines purchased through tenders, the blood banks not having blood , beds not available, doctor patient ratio disturbed……where is the end??? Hundred Ameer Khan type programmes cannot change this situation. What Positive side was shown was just drop in the ocean. and that does not fill the vessel of vast areas of medical care.

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