Forever our lives remain in the hands of God and the doctor;  others such as villains, bad guys  who attempt to shorten our span and continuance succeed only when God wills and the doctor fails. The doctor endowed with his special skills can only with God’s concurrence extend the lifespan of the suffering patient. As the common cliche says ‘everything is in God’s hands’!

My personal experiences with  doctors has been a mixed bag. The arrogance, the pompousness and the haughtiness of yesteryear has mellowed down considerably and the present day doctors do interact with the patients more freely and sympathetically. However, off late a grave shadow has fallen on this noble profession. Most doctors are renegers as they are practicing their profession in willful defiance of the ‘Hippocratic Oath’ which they take solemnly after graduation to enter the exalted realms of medical discourse and practice. It will be appropriate for me to reproduce the modern version of the Hippocratic Oath. followed by a large numbers of medical colleges in USA:

“I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow. I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of over treatment and therapeutic nihilism. I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug. ———–————I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick —————– ”

The Constitution of India makes health in the country responsibility of state governments. It’s our national tragedy that there is no viable health and medicare plan in any of our states. I have witnessed patients admitted in Government hospitals soon succumbing to their ailments for want of proper medication and treatment. The situation has taken a tragic turn with the advent the private hospitals. Health care in these hospitals is owned by corporates, for whom profits override any other considerations. Doctors are hired for their skills but they also have to ensure that they over treat their patients and oversubscribe tests and medicines so that they generate their targeted revenues fixed for them by the hospital owners. The patients are treated by them more for their money rather than for the relief from the painful and hurtful sufferings. These hospitals are flooded with forbearing and stoic sufferers as they have nowhere else to go.

Having personally experienced treatment in hospitals in USA as an indoor patient, my humble observation is that it would take perhaps another four to five decades by India to get near to provide financially secure, sympathetic, wholesome and sound medical facilities and care to its citizens.

Till then we remain in God’s hands!