India Victomized by Health Disparities Created by Their Government

29 03 2010

The entrance to Wockhardt hospital in Bangalore, India

There was an article posted by the New York Times in 2008 about contrasting two different hospitals in  Bangalore, India.  Wockhardt is a state-of-the-art private hospital that provides 5-Star service. Patients have private rooms overlooking gardens, cable TV, computers, and ice cream in a mini fridge at easy reach.  The next hospital is Bowring, the government run hospital.  This hospital lacks dialysis machines, ventilators, an ICU, and nutritional meals.

In the article Bowring hospital says, “one of the young doctors, named Harish, said a ventilator and a dialysis machine would have allowed him to keep half of his patients alive. The most severe case, Mohammed Amin, was breathing with the aid of a hand pump that his wife squeezed silently.

Harish sent the relative of one man to get blood tests done at the nearest private hospital; there was no equipment to do the test here.”

These health disparities are caused by a government unwilling to spend money on improving their medical systems and many people unable to afford the care of a private hospital.  The government has more money to give to its government hospitals but they  refuse because there are private hospitals and feel that they are able to allocate their budget else were.  This creates even larger problems because the poor majority are unable to afford the care that they need.




2 responses

5 04 2010

There are so many people in India who are suffering right now, and this is one good example of why. How do we even begin to change something like this?

9 04 2010

This is really sad. Now I don’t think that the gov’t hospitals necessarily need all the perks and amenities, but they should at least have basic life saving tools on hand.

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