Can we have a medical
treatment in Kashmir like we have in Europe?
I am back with my readers after a gap of about two months and half. I travelled in Europe for eight weeks and also spent four days with my daughter in Dubai. I was unwell and my sugar level had increased. Medicines prescribed by European doctors became ineffective. I had to seek permission of the Sessions Court in Srinagar for going abroad for treatment because I cannot go out of India without court permission. I was allowed eight weeks of absence abroad.
Readers might ask why I make my sickness a subject for this article. Actually I want to narrate for our readers the difference between European and Indian systems of treatment. Cleanliness is the first problem with our hospitals. They stink like hell. Toilets are obnoxious stinking holes; water pipes are invariably broken and leaking, and if not broken, they are dry. Bedding, mattresses, sheets and pillows all are a plethora of dirt and filth. Patients needing even minor medication like headache pills, glucose and injections, have to buy these from market. When complaints are lodged with the doctors the reply is that the government does not supply them.
We find private medical clinics flourishing in Kashmir. They abound in streets wherever you go. Pharmacies like semi-hospital dispensaries are to be seen all around. These vendors loot the helpless patients. Most of these medicine shops sell spurious medicines. It is said that our State is the biggest market of spurious drugs.
Keeping this in mind, when I compare how I am being treated in Europe I can say that it is only a dream. In European countries there is the insurance system for medical treatment. People have to deposit a monthly amount in accordance with their income. Minimum insurance is 110 Euros, which is approximately eight thousand rupees. If one’s income is less, one receives 70 per cent of insurance fee from the government. With this insurance, a man has not to worry about his treatment. A medical centre is created in the locality where such a man lives; the centre caters to a population of 20 to 25 thousand souls. 8 to 10 family doctors are deputed in each centre. There are separate doctors for ENT and Physio- therapy and also for blood, urine and other tests. On falling sick, a person goes to family doctor. If a person has bad cold the doctor will suggest Parestamol and advise him to take rest. Doctors avoid giving antibiotics to children as long as possible. If the family doctor feels necessary, he can refer his patient to the specialists.