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Devi Shetty

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    ...There are three main problems with Indian public health, and none of them have to do with lack of money. The problems are (i) acute shortage of medical specialists; (ii) lack of career progression for nurses; and (iii) accountability. Shortage of medical specialists is evident even in a state like Karnataka which has the largest number of medical colleges. Yet there are over 1,200 vacancies for specialists in government hospitals. Unlike in the past, an MBBS doctor with adequate training but without a post graduate degree is legally barred today from performing a caesarean section, an anaesthetic procedure, an ultrasound or interpreting a chest X-ray. The top 10 causes of death in India cannot be treated by an MBBS doctor. In simple terms, even a brilliant MBBS doctor cannot do anything more legally than what a housewife is permitted to do. These rigid regulations were created by the Medical Council and upheld by the Supreme Court for patient safety. ...

    TOI on Aug. 22, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...Instead, if Mr Ghosh wants to consult a doctor in Bengaluru for acute chest pain from Kolkata, the doctor can converse with him on a video call and ask for some tests. With a map app, the doctor can then direct him to the nearest diagnostic lab. When the tests are done, before Mr Ghosh puts on his clothes the doctor can see the test reports online, reassure him that his heart is fine and prescribe a pain killer. Online retail needs to move products from point A to point B through complex logistics. Online healthcare just needs images and data to reach from point A to point B, which can be done from anywhere in the world virtually free. All it needs is an expert doctor with an internet connection and a payment gateway. When you hear that someone is unwell, 99% of the time a sick person doesn’t need an operation. Technically, 99% of illnesses can be treated online. ...

    TOI on May 5, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...However, many developed countries like Canada allow the termination of pregnancy even at an advanced stage, in case of foetal abnormalities. The time has come for us to review the law with restricting termination of pregnancy to within 20 weeks. If the mother feels that she is not mentally ready to take care of a child with incurable cardiac problems or Down syndrome, she should have the right to terminate the pregnancy at a later stage. Operating on a new born baby with a hole in the heart and watching him or her grow up and celebrate life is the most joyful experience a surgeon like me (Shetty) can have. Unfortunately not all the stories i have for my children has a happy ending. About 5% of the children with incurable cardiac problems need multiple staged operations and generally don’t live to celebrate their 30th birthday. ...

    TOI on March 31, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...However, many developed countries like Canada allow the termination of pregnancy even at an advanced stage, in case of foetal abnormalities. The time has come for us to review the law with restricting termination of pregnancy to within 20 weeks. If the mother feels that she is not mentally ready to take care of a child with incurable cardiac problems or Down syndrome, she should have the right to terminate the pregnancy at a later stage. Operating on a new born baby with a hole in the heart and watching him or her grow up and celebrate life is the most joyful experience a surgeon like me (Shetty) can have. Unfortunately not all the stories i have for my children has a happy ending. About 5% of the children with incurable cardiac problems need multiple staged operations and generally don’t live to celebrate their 30th birthday. ...

    TOI on March 31, 2017, 2 a.m.