Cancer is an expensive disease. Budgeting for treatment is never accurate as whatever you may do, it is more than likely to go haywire. Add to this, the apprehensions of a patient on the verge of surgery, ’ Doc, what do you think should be my room preference? Single would be good or maybe double? General ward? Will I get the same kind of treatment if I were to get operated on the general ward?
I have run this information in my head several times and come up with the same answer. The patients’ attendants may have it a little rough depending on the type of bed they choose. It is their space that shrinks with the lowering of the bed category. Nurse to patient ratio may be less than ideal. What remains unchanged is the surgeons’ commitment, as I see it. Does the bed category change the way I use my skills? I exercise the same caution and use the same surgical skills irrespective of whether the patient under the knife is ill affording or well heeled.
So then, where is this question coming from?
I attribute it to this deeply entrenched VIP culture in our country and this huge divide between the haves and the have nots. By endless repetition, we have shown that the rich and famous get a better deal, whichever space they occupy! There are no queues for them, no waiting times, an entourage of staff for carrying papers, holding the door open and almost summoning the doctor to see them.Sad, but true and worse still, we accept it!
However, for me, it is still, ‘ Love All..Play!!’