Some of today’s medical practitioners show no discretion to their greed for money above the consideration for the patient. Looking at each patient not with the diagnosis for remedy but with the sense of investment for the long-haul bleed until their death.
Discovery, Sanlam just to name a few offers schemes for a medical cover (whatever that means). For then there is an unregulated batch of “opportunists” named “doctors” who could charge willy-nilly so if the illness doesn’t finish you off – your medical bill will.
These schemes are just what they are, “schemes” for self-gain rather than the fulfilling the functions of their professions. They scheme methods to abstracting the most from every illness.
It’s not uncommon to hear of the numerous accounts of over-medicating, wrong medication and wrong diagnosis. It is also not uncommon to hear that repatriations for malpractice to the victims.
South Africa my friend, has lost its heart and capitalism is destroying it. I consider myself a capitalist with social responsibility but every day as I witness the abuse of our people – I’m beginning to see that this is not Capitalism in South Africa – it is abuse and exploitation. If this is what Capitalism looks like, then I want to be a Socialist.
We visited a General Practitioner on Louis Botha Avenue today and to our surprise they attempted to fleece us with a wrong interpretation of our medical aid policy. We are graduates with Postgraduates degrees, so we can read and understand English. When their staff member mentioned that our “policy does not cover” we showed her the clear English interpretation.
Now, how many others would they have tried this manoeuvrings to the uneducated? It’s the type of poor behaviour which frustrates the locals to Xenophobic behaviour, for it’s the non-blacks who generally abuse the uneducated black population by contracts, regulations and wordiness of document knowing that they would not be challenged, ENOUGH is ENOUGH! Everyone has the right to a proper healthcare system which works and does not have motivations and incentives that abuse its people.
The Hippocratic Oath is one of the oldest binding documents in history, the Oath written by Hippocrates is still held sacred by physicians – to treat the ill to the best of one’s ability, to preserve a patient’s privacy, and to teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation.
I swear to fulfil, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.
I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.
I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.
I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.