I WAS reading a report in a local news daily that private doctors are requesting a 30 per cent increase in consultation fees. My immediate thought — has greed infected all of society?
Medicine has always been viewed as a noble and sacred profession, in the sense that ultimately it deals with the most precious commodity, a human being’s life.
We naturally give our full trust to medical practitioners when our loved ones or ourselves are in need of medical attention.
Unfortunately, as much as there are many dedicated doctors who carry out their duties out of passion, there is also a significant number of them who do it for financial rewards.
I have often heard the argument from doctors and non-doctors that to be a doctor, one would need to dedicate one’s life to study, thus, when finally able to practice, the rewards should compensate all the hardship in acquiring the status of a medical practitioner.
This is probably the beginning of the greed factor among doctors.