Monday, March 13, 2006

Treating patients as assets

The public healthcare system in India is collapsing. The standard reasons given for this sad state of affairs is: not enough doctors; too many patients; and not enough money.
I think we need to change our perspective. The large number of patients we have should not be seen to be a liability. In fact, we can treat this as an asset ! It's true that patients are at the "bottom of the pyramid", and if we can teach them how to take better care of their own health, they can dramatically improve their own health !
The catalyst in this equation is patient education - we just need to use it intelligently. Information can be Powerful Medicine !

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