|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 668-669
Comment: Doctor heal thyself- Addressing the shorter life expectancy of doctors in India
Mahesh Agrawal, Teena Agrawal
Shri Ganesh Netralaya, 304.305, The Mark, 20.A, Old Palaasia, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
|Date of Web Publication||16-Mar-2020|
Dr. Mahesh Agrawal
Shri Ganesh Netralaya, 304-305, The Mark, 20-A, Old Palasia, Indore, Madhya Pradesh - 452 018
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Agrawal M, Agrawal T. Comment: Doctor heal thyself- Addressing the shorter life expectancy of doctors in India. Indian J Ophthalmol 2020;68:668-9
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Agrawal M, Agrawal T. Comment: Doctor heal thyself- Addressing the shorter life expectancy of doctors in India. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Apr 2];68:668-9. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2020/68/4/668/280712
We read beautifully written article by Pandey SK, et al. titled “Doctor, heal thyself: Addressing the shorter life expectancy of doctors in India” focused on mental and Physical health but the financial aspect, which ultimately impact both mental and physical health, was missing.
An article by Honavar SG also revealed decreasing reimbursements (27%) and insufficient compensation (24%) as the 5th and 6th major cause of burnout among US Ophthalmologist. In a recent study by Medscape Ophthalmologist Lifestyle, Happiness and Burnout Report 2019 again the 4th leading cause of burnout among ophthalmologist is insufficient compensation/reimbursement (39%). In India, if we do such survey, the 4th cause (Insufficient compensation and reimbursement) may top the list! This burden is further increased by squeezing surgery packages and increasing government regulations especially by Insurance companies for two major surgeries- Cataract and Retina surgery. Now many insurance companies are coming and asking and even forcing to offer discount on package rate to novice setup which is truly hazardous for upcoming generations of Ophthalmologists.
We appreciate and want to say thanks to the author for acknowledging the AIOS Conference, Indore for having a health check-up stall. I would like to add few points regarding better future and encouragement for Doctors-
- LOC may consider providing General Health Checkup including Blood and ECG with the help of IMA with minimum payable charges
- AIOS shall try to fix the minimum package for Cataract and Retina surgery (or all eye surgery) unanimously at least for Insurance empanelment
- Sports Recognition- Recognition matters and motivates. We can have different color-coding badges with nominal discounts to those ophthalmologists who are involved in any kind of sports activity in current year session (Now Marathon is very common). This may be a trendsetter in the world.
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| References|| |
Pandey SK, Sharma V. Doctor, heal thyself: Addressing the shorter life expectancy of doctors in India. Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:1248-50. [Full text]
Honavar SG. Brace up or burnout. Indian J Ophthalmol 2018;66:489-90.
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