…negligence or wrong intention
Hey, do you know
what is medical
WHAT IS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE…?
A definition by Wikipedia says…
Medical malpractice is professional
negligence by act or omission by a health care
provider in which the treatment provided falls
below the accepted standard of practice in the
medical community and causes injury or death to
the patient, with most cases involving medical
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A DOCTOR AND A
The practice of medicine has long been seen as a
The doctor is looked upon as healer, guardian of
our well-being, and someone we trust with our
People trust medical practitioners, believing that
they are equipped with the knowledge and skills
to safeguard their health.
WHAT IS INDIAN SCENARIO…?
In India, medical malpractice is not a mistake or
negligence but a wrong intention of making
Doctors are deliberately misleading and
exploiting patients by prescribing expensive tests
and operations, which are not needed in the first
It is a faith that doctors play upon.
CASES ON MEDICAL
Medical Nightmare :
One such victim of alleged medical
malpractice was retired Army officer
Major Pankaj Rai who lost his wife Seema
to what he called a botched kidney
"It's not as if people can't live with dialysis.
They called us from the hospital to tell us
that a donor was available. We had her
admitted to the hospital on the doctors' advice.
We were amazed that a day prior to surgery
the doctors said we could transplant her
pancreas as well. Have you heard of such a
thing? They kept saying there's no risk.
But Seema said she wasn't prepared for this,“
Retd. Major Pankaj Rai
CASES ON MEDICAL
Class 4 boy case :
Kaushik Lodha (9) was wheeled into LG
Hospital's operation theatre on November 14
with a fractured right arm. When he woke up
groggy from general anesthesia a couple of hours
later, it was found that the doctors had
operated on and put plates and screws into
his left arm which was not fractured while
the broken right arm had not been touched.
The boy had to be operated on again to set the
mistake right and suffered unnecessary pain and
surgery due to the gross medical negligence of
OTHER ISSUES ( BASIN TEST ):
Even when the situation is not as serious as to
require hospitalization, in regular treatment too,
patients are often advised to have blood, urine and
other tests done. Doctors ask pathology lab owners for
a percentage, of about 40 to 50 per cent, in return for
referring patients to their lab. This naturally results
in the cost of the tests being raised for the lab to be
able to make a profit.
Also, Doctors often prescribe more tests than are
required. In fact, one such test is called a “basin test”,
and involves the blood sample being thrown into the
basin, with reports being given as normal, because
the doctor knows that there is nothing really wrong
with the patient.
OTHER ISSUES ( OVERPRICED DRUGS ):
Strip of 10 tablets of Amaryl costs around Rs
125/-, and a strip of 10 tablets of the salt
„glimeperide‟ costs Rs 2/-. Both are essentially the
same thing. We pay approximately Rs 123/- more
for the brand name.
The common cold is one of the most prevalent
illnesses. The salt name of the medicine used to
tackle the common cold is cetrizine. Now, the
manufacturing, packaging, transportation costs
of this generic medicine, including a decent
margin, is Rs. 1.20 paisa for 10 tablets.
But the branded version of the same medicine,
for example Cetzine, costs over Rs 35/- for 10
OTHER ISSUES :
The Medical Council of India says, “The large
gaps in health care accessibility in rural parts of
the country, the need for enhanced clinical
competence and limited opportunities for post-
graduate training are our major concerns.”
Medicines prescribed by doctors are not always
within the budget of the average person.
Some corrupt practices, patients being
overcharged, and prescribed treatment and
surgery they did not need.
Children dying of diseases such as pneumonia
and diarrhea, diseases that are easily curable if
treated with the right medicine.
WHY ALL THIS IS HAPPENING ?
At least 6-8% of India's GDP should be allotted to
public healthcare. But it is less than 2% of our
Healthcare is not a priority.
For the vast majority of India‟s poor and lower
middle class, medical insurance is unviable.
Less Govt. Medical Institutes and privatization.
Practice of capitation fees in private colleges
demanding more than 5 million in cash.
This is a sizeable amount which many doctors are
under pressure to recover as quickly as possible
when they qualify and begin practicing.
WHY DO PATIENTS GET DRUGS AT HIGH
We know that the actual cost of most of the drugs is
very low. But, these are not available to patients at
low rates because :
There is no regulation on prices of drugs by the
Government. Thus the pharmaceutical companies fix
very high MRP on drugs and reap huge profits.
Doctors prescribe medicines by the brand name of a
particular drug company which encourage them with
This creates monopoly and enables the drug company
to put a very high MRP, despite the same drug being
produced by many companies. Generally consumers
are also not aware.
MCI…( WHICH CAN CURB IT!)
The Medical Council of India (MCI) is a statutory
body regulating medical colleges, affiliation, new
colleges, and doctors registration.
It protect and promote the health and safety of
the public by ensuring proper standards in the
practice of medicine.
It has the power to cancel any doctor‟s license in
case of misconduct.
WHAT CAN BE DONE ?
Generic medicines is the answer.
Governments, corporate hospitals, Rogi Kalyan
Samitis, NGOs etc can provide medicines and
health consumables at an affordable cost and
improve medicine accessibility.
Poor people living in isolation are weak, but
together they are very strong. For e.g.
Under a scheme where the farmers pay Rs 10 per
month, which the govt. matches with Rs 30 per
year, farmers get the best medical care. While the
so-called rack rate for a heart operation is Rs
1,40,000, many hospital does it for Rs 60,000 for
patients under the scheme.
WHAT CAN BE DONE ? ( CONT.)
If the government can be convinced that there
are 750 million Indians who are spending Rs 150
per month just to talk on their cell phones, and if
Rs 10 can be collected from each of them, we can
have the most robust health insurance scheme.
Also the solution is to have more government
hospitals, because at the moment the number of
government hospitals is not enough to serve the
population, and people have to either wait long
hours or come away untreated.
INDIAN LAWS AND REGULATIONS
RELATED TO HEALTH
If you are a victim then where you can go and
what you can do to seek help…
Indian Penal Code, 1860 sections 52, 80, 81, 83,
88, 90, 91, 92 304-A, 337 and 338 contain the law
of medical malpractices in India.
You can easily file a case in your local Consumer
Disputes Redressal Commission ( or Consumer
Court ) and can appeal for justice and
CONTENT PICKED FROM :
Satyamev Jayate Episode 04: Does Healthcare
Cases from : The Times of India