In earlier days, few years back, when one fell sick, one would go to the General Physician and the GP would take the following steps to diagnose the problem.
Make the patient lie down on the chamber couch.
With stethoscope in place, check the pulse rate.
Check the eyes.
Feel the liver function by pressing the stomach at three different points.
With the help of a torch light, check the tonsils.
Check the cleanliness of the tongue.
Make the patient bend the knees twice over.
By this time the GP has diagnosed the problem of the patient.
No blood test,No lipid profile,no visit to the path lab.
That is it---the diagnose is over. Now is the time for medication. The GP would prescribe and the compounder will give one bottle of syrup (no name) and 9 doses (pudias) containing tablets of different colours. Compounder would explain the dosage as (peeli goli) yellow tab and (hari goli) green tab morning and evening and all the three including (safed goli) white tab in the afternoon.
If the GP had to prescribe a capsule-the heavens would fall—CAPSULE MEANT SERIOUS DISEASE.
Very rarely was the patient sent to a Chemist to buy medicines.
Very rarely one had to go back for another check up.
TREATMENT OVER AND ONE IS NORMAL BACK TO WORK.
Compare the situation as it is today, Even a sneeze could get you to diagnostic centre and admitted to the ICU till the check up is completed by the specialists.
High BP, Low BP, Joint pains, Cancer, Cervical, Body imbalance, Heart ailment, Liver mal function, Lung function, Dialyses, Diabetes, H1N1 –all these sound almost like the names of some missiles.
There is medical insurance policy.
There are five star hospitals.
There are blood banks where one has to BUY blood.(God gave it free)
Treatments in the hospitals are a package deal.
Before the start of treatment, tests are required from Path lab,
In special cases there is CT scan, MRI, and Ultrasound etc.
Heart surgery, joint replacements, liver transplant and surgery per se has become so common that it has become part of one’s life.
Did these diseases exist, say 20 yrs back?
How would one explain this sudden switch over?
Is it technology?
Is it awareness of healthier life?
Is it due to better health infrastructure?
Is it due to work stress?
Is it something to do with extra disposable income?
THEY ALSO CALL IT MEDICAL TOURISM
PAPPU still wants ROTI-KAPADA-MAKAAN.
let us CHANGE INDIA for INDIA OF TOMORROW.