The Rajya Sabha’s proposal to cap doctor’s consultation charges has created chaos in the medical fraternity. If the proposal is approved, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) is ready to go to the court. This proposal entitled ‘Regularisation of Doctors’ Fees’ was put forth by Renuka Chowdhury, a Congress leader.
Dr Jayesh Lele, IMA secretary questioned “Never in the history of India has regularisation of consultation fees been implemented on any of the professionals. Then why are doctors targeted this time?’ He further said, ‘IMA has already consulted legal professionals to look into this matter and are well prepared to take this matter to the court. Also, it is against the constitutional rights to put a cap on remuneration of professionals.”
Dr Ramen Goel, senior metabolic and bariatric surgeon, Hinduja Healthcare, Khar said, “This move is draconian. In an open market economy the prices of services are determined by the experience & training of professionals. It cannot be uniform & should not be capped. This is beginning & very soon lawyers, journalists & other professionals will also face a similar situation.”
Dr Mohan Thomas, leading cosmetic surgeon and MD, Cosmetic Surgery Institute, Mumbai said, “Doctors have always been soft targets for all actions – patients wrath, income tax and other agencies. Doctors constitute a group which is too busy working in their own areas of speciality instead of perhaps having lobbyists look after their interests such as other professions. Individual doctors cannot influence government policies and the government cannot arm twist lawyers & media professionals for obvious reasons, which is why doctors are at the receiving end.” [Source]
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