AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria On The Disappearance Of The Concept Of General Practitioner In India

At a time when the Capital and many parts of North India are battling severe pollution, the AIIMS pulmonology centre is working on establishing a link between respiratory and cardiovascular diseases

  1. V
    Nov 22, 2017 at 9:39 pm
    Upto '70s, GPS were giving yeoman service to public, in rural, semiurban, hilly and forest areas too. They carried diplomas like LIMs, LMPs. In Tamil Nadu, Andra and Karnataka, integrated medicine practice gave rise to friendly neighbourhood doctors, who, in most cases were friends and counsellors of the family, along with teachers, elders. Time to integrate AYUSH with allopathy and re-generate integrated medicine. All rural and semi urban centre S and outpatient departments should be staffed with such people. So also, natural births should be encouraged. Canada and USA hospitals promote natural births and breast feeding. Why then Indian doctors and hospitals behave like leeches? No wonder, states are enacting laws governing their behaviour, what with MAs behaving like exploiters.
    1. Sankaran Krishnan
      Nov 21, 2017 at 8:29 am
      After the Profession becomes commercialized and with increase in PG Courses across all streams everyone wanted to become an Specialist Doctor so that they can make more money as consultant fees whereas if you are an General Prac ioner one is not earning to that potential. Also when you are an Specialist Doctor you hand handle Upper Middle and High end Citizens whereas if you are an GP most of them who comes to them are poor and middle class and at times they are not visiting the GP due to high cost of fees collected by some which force them to go over to the Medical Shop and the Pharmacist is prescribing medicines as if they are Doctors and the poor ones are under the impression that they saved the Doctor fees forgetting that if the disease gets complicated or not cured they are the sufferers.
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        Titus Abraham
        Nov 19, 2017 at 6:11 pm
        I am a US physician who practices primary/GP care. Dr. Guleria is absolutely correct. No medical system can be sustainable without a primary care/GP based system. Too much specialization can increase costs to society without improving health outcomes. The GP/primary care doc is able to coordinate complex care and determine the need for specialty care.