Corruption in Hospitals
Corruption in Government Hospitals is much shared mainly in third biosphere Republics. The bribery in the government hospitals is ever-present. The scale and cruelty of the corruption diverges at different associations and in different sectors of the same hospital. Apart from the corrupt elements in the government hospitals there are also truthful and hardworking doctors, administrators and paramedical staff. Unluckily the energy, resources and time of the non-corrupt elements are used up by the corrupt elements. Poor patients are once more the victims of this venality at the government hospitals. The corruption in the government hospitals terribly marks the pathology in all its magnitudes and characteristics.
The pills which should have been futile on any quality control checks and should have been thrown away are acceptable to be hawked in the government hospitals. Elegant terms are used to take hold of bulky fees with an additional commission. A best example is plastic surgery.
Doctors should serve for the public but many doctors come late to the hospital and will also leave early. A lot of people working at the government hospitals never follow their timing and they spend most of their time gossiping and socializing. Another big source of corruption in hospitals is the transport sector. The administrators use the unauthorized hospital cars for their own and their spouse's uses. Theft of medicines is highly seen in the government hospitals. Medicines, blood bags and other stuff are stolen from government hospitals and sold to private chemists.
Observations about government hospitals
This is an insight about the quality of services provided in the government hospitals.
- Very Poor - 13%
- Poor - 30%
- Neither Poor/ nor Good - 26%
- Good - 28%
- Very Good - 3%
Occurrence of corruption
Corruption is highly spread over the hospitals in India. An analysis is given below,
- Strongly Disagree - 6%
- Somewhat Disagree - 9%
- Neither agree nor disagree - 18%
- Somewhat agree - 38%
- Strongly agree - 29%
- Pills unavailable- 52%
- Doctors recommend a visit to their private clinic -37%
- Doctors mention to private diagnostic centers-31%
- Over-prescription of medicines-24%
- Bribes claimed by staff-20%
- Diagnostic tests are done even when unnecessary-18%
- Doctors are absent-13%
Experience of collaboration with hospitals
There are many ways to bypass the normal process
- By giving bribes -54%
- By using power- 42%
- Brokers- 5%
People pay bribe for various reasons. Few of them are listed below,
- To get pills- 29%
- In order to get admittance- 22%
- For consultation or treatment -17%
- To avail diagnostic services -13%
- For operation- 11%
- To get blood- 7%
- Getting proper food- 1%
Force on organization:Government hospitals have very low capacity to accommodate a large amount of people. Despite their capacity constraints these hospitals are enforced to admit patients because of stress from co-doctors or local officials or due to population explosion. As a result all these hospitals started working beyond their capacity which resulted in low quality of service.
Absence of resources:In most of the government hospitals there is no proper resources/fund. This every so often means that the diagnostic mechanisms are not in proper working condition. This as a result makes the doctors to ask their patients to get all these checks done from private test centre.
Extraordinary amount of work:There is only less manpower available in the government hospitals. Because of the shortage of manpower they are not able to take care of all the patients thus forming large queues and delays.
Incorrect responsibilities of slackness:The general attitude of people is that when they are affected by some disease they first go to the local nursing homes or doctors and get treatment over there. If they are not getting cured then they come to the Government hospital by which time in most of the cases the patient's condition becomes critical. Any contrary outcome is impugned as slackness on the part of the hospital. Few proposals to decrease corruption Users' working group should be set up to take up naturalized citizen complaints.
Establishment of problem-solving service area:The problem-solving services can be contracted out to private companies. These private concerns collect fee from government on per-patient basis. This has already been established and is taken up to some extent in some hospitals at Delhi.
Medical resource:Patients/Individuals over and over again fail to get medicines from government dispensaries, either due to actual scarcity or deviation of provisions. To check for the second prospect, government dispensaries should display the drugs available every month and supply day-to-day stock position.
ConclusionCorruption in Government Hospitals mainly affects the poor people. These severely grind down the health care of the poor and middle class patients who are not able to go for expensive treatment at private hospitals. There are no proper rules and regulations because of which the budget destined for the poor people are eaten by the government officials. If we need good quality medical service then we need to fight against the corruption by all means at all levels and in all provinces. To avoid corruption and to bring in healthy changes the doctors and the other educated people in the society have to play their active role. Abolition of corruption can highly improve the performance of the government hospitals which will be good for all the people right from the poor to the VIPs.
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