Doctors now expect good pay to sustain themselves: Tongaonkar

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

“It will not be successful. If it becomes successful, then it will take India towards the American way which makes healthcare very unaffordable for the poor,” said Phadke.

PUNE: The book ‘Sarvansathi Arogya? Hoy, Shakya Aahe!’ (Health for all? Yes, It is possible!) written by Dr Anant Phadke and published by Manovikas Prakashan was unveiled on Sunday by Dr Avinash Supe, Dean of KEM Hospital, Mumbai and Dr Ravindra Tongaonkar, a renowned surgeon who is famous for his work in rural area.

Speaking during the book launch, Phadke said the recent budget presented by Arun Jatiely and the promise of ‘Ayushman Bharat’ where Rs 5 lakh insurance coverage is promised to underprivileged families, is a very shallow decision. “It will not be successful. If it becomes successful, then it will take India towards the American way which makes healthcare very unaffordable for the poor,” said Phadke.

Speaking about rural challenges, Dr Tongaonkar said that many guidelines are made at a global level, however, they have to be modified at the ground level when using them in rural areas.

“Also, there is a huge difference in the fee charged by the doctors around Dhule. There is also a vast difference in the fee charged by other hospitals in nearby cities. It should be also noted that the medical education is also getting very expensive. Hence, doctors now expect a good pay to sustain themselves,” said Dr Tongaonkar. 

Dr Supe underlined that the choice of choosing a vaccine should be with the patient. “The decision to take swine flu vaccine should be voluntary. Hence, doctors should ask the patients to choose. Every six months, the virus changes and there are side effects as well. If the vaccine is new, the doctor should give the patient a choice if they want to get the vaccine,” said Dr Supe.

Dr Shriram Geet, Ulhas Sawant and others were also present for the book launch.

ISSUES FOCUSED IN THE BOOK
- Speaking about the topics from his book, Phadke said that new immunisation which is introduced is not analysed as compared to the old immunisations. “There has been no study. We demand vaccine should be included but the study should also be used to understand the effect of the vaccines,” he said. 
- Phadke said that the government is making patients argue with doctors over generic medicines.
- “The government wants the doctors to prescribe generic medicines. However, there is no medicine in the market with generic tag. There is also the quality issue. What should the doctors do?” said Phadke.

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