The fourth National Health and Family Survey found that 56% of urban India chooses private healthcare and 49% of rural India makes the same choice.
The health ministry’s proposal of a “bridge course” for doctors of homeopathy and Indian medicine is being rejected by homeopaths and allopaths. Those with Indian medicine are supportive, but of a very different idea.
Through the National Medical Commission Bill, the government appears to be taking the easy way out and creating a new institution rather than reforming an older one.
The long-term implications of the National Medical Commission Bill have not been adequately debated, and several of its features have caused widespread anger.
The controversial Bill has been sent to a parliamentary standing committee.
The National Medical Commission Bill does not address several issues like establishing minimum qualifying marks for common medical entrance tests, regulating the fee for private colleges and the need for a strict code of ethics.
The council is attempting to discredit a report that documents widespread corruption in medical education and unethical practices by doctors.