Saturday, September 26, 2009

Why are Indian patients so passive ?

There is a lot of talk on healthcare reform in the US today - and what is exciting is the fact that the discussion is being powered by enlightened consumers, who want a greater say in what kind of medical care they get.

By contrast, Indian patients are practically asleep. The Indian healthcare system also need an overhaul - but while Indians are great at complaining to each other about how terrible their doctors are, they seem to do very little to try to fix the problem.

Why is this so ? Aren't Indians smart enough ? We have enough IT skills to be able to use IT to dramatically improve the basic doctor-patient interaction ! This is something which will benefit everyone - doctors as well as patients.

I think Indians are just so used to complaining, that we can't seem to find the energy to fix the problem. What a shame !

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