Flawed arguments

This refers to the letter by Asif Qayoom on GMC Srinagar (GK 16-12-10). Refer to the lines in it: "Private practice is not a bane but a blessing for hundreds of needy patients who actually need help but cannot afford to stand outside OPD queues for hours. How do you expect a doctor to do justice to 200 patients in a single day?" I disagree with his assertions. Don't patients have to wait in queues outside private clinics? Don't they wait for their turn for hours together? I think their turn comes quicker outside an Out Patient Department than a private clinic. Reasons are quite known: at private clinics doctors are deliberately giving more time to patients. The author questions how a doctor can do justice to patients at OPDs. If this is the case, then how do same doctors do justice to the patients at private clinics after seeing a number of patients? Doctors have changed the mentality of people. People are discouraged to visit OPDs in hospitals and encouraged to visit private clinics. That is the bottom line.

Sajad Baba
Zakura, Sgr

Lastupdate on : Sun, 19 Dec 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
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