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Goal of most medical students is how to become rich: Dr Kakarla Subba Rao

Hyderabad: Dr Kakarla Subba Rao, director emeritus, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad on Saturday emphasised the need to orient young medical students towards service and patient care.

Dr Kakarla Subba Rao, Director Emeritus, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad at curtain raiser for the launch of Indo-Global Healthcare Summit and Expo 2015
Dr Kakarla Subba Rao, Director Emeritus, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad at curtain raiser for the launch of Indo-Global Healthcare Summit and Expo 2015

“The only goal of most of the medical students is how to become rich, and make more money. We need to orient young medical students towards service, patient care. We must make them dedicated to the service of the poor. When students get into medical education they have noble thoughts of service initially. But two years in the education and their experience, all that vanishes,” Dr Rao said.

He was speaking at a press conference organised here to announce the Indo-Global Healthcare Summit and Expo 2015 which will be held in Hyderabad, from July 23 to 26. The even will be jointly organised by the Federation of the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the OMICS Group, and the Indus Foundation, according to a statement.

Dr Rao said, “There are three aspects of Medicine. One is service, two is education and three is research. Research is in the bottom of the priorities of our successive governments in India. Governments don’t encourage research. Individuals don’t carry out research since government doesn’t give them incentives.”

He further said, “The only medical device known in the past is stethoscope. Now we use many medical devices. Eighty per cent of the medical devices used — PET scan, CT scan, ultrasound etc — are imported. Why can’t these be manufactured locally? Don’t we have capacity? Indian doctors have great skills. Why can’t companies hire doctors to develop medical devices indigenously?”

“The government must slowly ban the import of medical devices and encourage manufacturing of the same locally under the ‘Make in India’ programme. I am not asking government to ban them immediately and suddenly. The imported devices must be phased out slowly over a period of time and we must start producing them domestically. Make these devices locally, use them, perfect them and then export them too,” Dr Rao added.

Speaking on the occasion, S B Anumolu, president, The Indus Foundation, New Jersey, said that the Summit and Expo is organised in the backdrop of Indian healthcare industry growing at a rapid pace. It is expected to grow from $70 billion now to $145 billion in 2017 and to $280 billion by 2020. It recorded a 12 per cent growth in the last four years, he added.

Even so, nearly one million Indians die every year due to inadequate healthcare facilities and 700 million people have no access to specialist care. About 80 per cent of specialists live in urban areas, Anumolu said.

Another interesting trend in healthcare sector is medical tourism which has now gained momentum in the country. As overseas patients get quality health services in India for less than half the price prevailing in their countries, India is becoming a popular medical tourist destination in Asia. At present, medical tourism is a $2 billion business and is expected to grow substantially in the future, according to the statement.


  1. dr amulya dr amulya Friday, June 26, 2015

    how young doctors are supposed to live if they r working for free, who will pay for their education, who will pay their medical expenses, house rent. when all they have done is investing 15 years of life to earn that MBBS, MD, if u r getting everything thru merit in this quota based society. remember that this doctor himself went abroad made comfortable amount of money lives in a palatial house, in a very expensive area in hyderabad.and now he is 80 . so at age 7o to 80 even the present day generation doctors will become altruistic.but as long as u r earning ethically it is not a business, its just that u r making a living.peope dont hesitate to eat biryani and see movies at multiplex for rs 300, but when it comes to pay doctor expenses, they cry foul. society has changed so what was practical 30 yrs ago is not possible in the present day commercial society.

  2. Pierson Sam David Pierson Sam David Thursday, April 30, 2015

    Dear Sir,

    In recent past due to the huge demand of Medical Education the sector is commercialized. This has led the doctors to have a financial perspective in the profession.

    If doctor practices ethically with the standards laid down then there is no reason to worry how much they earn.\


  3. DeadDoc DeadDoc Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    These are nice speeches. They are bereft of practicality. They may work in election campaigns but they would fail in the real world. The author has certainly played to the gallery. Kudos. Wait for a call from the president’s office with an offer for one of those awards.

  4. Arun Pal Singh Arun Pal Singh Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    Dr Kakarla,

    What is wrong with making money unless I am not looting someone. Everything, from your spectacle to the tie that you are wearing in photograph must have come at a cost. Everything has a price and doctor has to charge to live.

    Why people like you, Aamir Khan and many others insist that doctors should live and behave like monks and live in penury. Are we in some kind of Corrections program.

    As Dr Nagpal pointed out, there is nothing wrong in aspiring and working for a decent life for yourself and family. We cannot live on alms!

    Does working for patients and charging for service make the doctors villain

    Do not point to one extreme [greedy doctors, money minded doctors etc in the profession] and demand that doctors should stay on the other extreme [work for free].

    You hurt the ethical practitioners by your title sentence and you fuel the anguish of the society which thinks like you and feels disappointed when being charged.

    Because you are doctor, you are at least expected to take a rational view of the situation if not side by your fraternity.

    But you failed miserably.

    May be you used this phrase to get more accolades. Its attention grabbing. Isn’t it.

    There is nothing wrong with aspiring to be rich. It is a noble profession and doctors have to be service oriented but do not expect them to be slaves.

    Next time you have an idea for speech, judge its practical aspects too.

  5. Dr Neeraj Nagpal Dr Neeraj Nagpal Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    Make money ethically

    The crux of the problem faced by doctors today is their seniors who insist on service should be the only reason for becoming a doctor. I may be a good, ethical doctor and also earn a decent living from my profession but that is not palatable.They somehow refuse to accept that doctors are professionals and like any other professionals some of them are successful and some not so successful. The Government says doctors are service providers , even traders and a medical institution is a commercial establishment and and industry. Which trader or industry does not run on profit. All good ethical companies also make good profits but there are unfair trade practices in all professions, businesses , manufacture and trade.

    Profit is not a dirty word and not a bad thing if made ethically. What we should train our youngsters is to make money ethically. Forcing them to do only service because they have committed the crime of doing MBBS degree is counterproductive. We need to retain youngsters in medicine not scare them away. Life of a doctor is anyway very tough when compared to any other profession.

  6. Dr. Saravanan Dr. Saravanan Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    Sir, if you could kindly also find someone to sponsor a doctor’s daily expenses , family expenses, children’s education , vacation trips , etc.. then your dream of doctors dedicating all their time to ‘service’ would come true..

  7. DeadDoc DeadDoc Sunday, April 26, 2015

    We learn from our teachers. Goal of most students is to become rich. Unfortunately, only the medical students shoulder the entire ‘stigma of wanting prosperity.’ Nothing better is expected of this society full of hypocrites. If the average man on the street wants money, he is ‘ambitious’ while if a medical student aspires for even a decent level of income for the number of years worked, we are labelled as ‘greedy soulless monsters.’ You can’t run a market economy and expect a particular slice of society to live the lives of ascetics at the tip of the sword. Hypocrites will say such things. Sane doctors should do what is good for themselves as society, sure as hell, won’t think twice about them. If we can do it ethically, then nobody should have a reason to whine.

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