The Health Bait

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As a child, hospitals meant dreary places with stark white walls that reeked of disinfectants, ruled by doctors who reminded me of villains in movies brandishing big syringes instead of shiny black guns. The unsmiling nurse who wielded his stinging powers with cotton balls soaked in disinfectant rubbed unceremoniously on a fresh wound, became the formidable doctorโ€™s trusted accomplice.

Other than the sugar-coated diagnosis that has a chance of spelling doom to our happy existence or life altogether (bank account wiped out squeaky clean) and the battery of tests that usually accompanies anything more than a common cold – my fear for doctors and hospitals has dissipated over the years.

With exuberant doctors zealously throwing themselves on building patient relations and multi-specialty hospitals competing with five-star hotels in luxury, gourmet food and exorbitant bills paid with a flick of the insurance card, it is not surprising that the easy-going, busy, fast-food-addicted humans of the techie generation find every reason to visit these โ€˜health resortsโ€™ to relax, recover and rejuvenate from their life-style acquired illnesses.

If you are the boring few who drag yourself out of cozy beds for a morning walk or fall into the old-fashioned fussy minority insisting on boring, healthy home-cooked meals with a belief that it is not fad-diets or vitamin supplements but mental well-being and happiness that is the secret to glowing health – then you have a high chance of being penalized for not paying your dues to the hospital industry with a battery of tests the next time you visit your physician with a common cold.

Just in case you are a pretty face thirsting for fame, then it is recommended that you shout from rooftops about your pathetic story of a battle with clinical depression, for this can rise you to overnight fame (and an overflowing bank account) with the prestigious job of being the fresh face and brand ambassador of the trending ‘#Depression Movement’!

 

 

 

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  1. I was disappointed to read that it was the ‘five-star’ ambiance within hospitals that dissipated your fear of hospitals, and not that kindhearted doctor, who’ll go any a mile to put you back on your feet again…………..as for those ‘hefty bills’, blame it all on those expensive gadgets and instrument used by modern-day medicine !!

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    • Doctor, you were foremost in my mind as I wrote this post. I do have a great reverence for the doctors who work in all sincerity to help an ailing soul back onto his able feet; however, it is very well know that the greedy hands of the hospital business at times forces some to forgo their ethics as they wield the power they possess to scare and utilize the many patients who trust their lives and those of their loved ones in their able hands. Medicine has indeed progressed a great deal but so have unethical medical practices.

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  2. If there is one thing I’d learned about hospitals Pranitha, it’s that they aren’t interested in healing you. They are interested in stabilizing you, and then everyone is supposed to move on. They go to stabilize some more people, and you go off to do whatever you do. Healing, if it happens at all, is done on your own, long after the hospital has submitted your final insurance paperwork.

    Always loved a story when it oozes out sarcasm and you nailed it beautifully ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hey, Neal. How have you been?
      Yes, cannot agree more on that. This story stems from the fact that my mother was diagnosed with gallstones and underwent surgery that involved the removal of the entire gall bladder for reasons they just could not explain. Post surgery they strangely detected a few more possibilities of strange stomach issues that it extended her hospital stay for a few days more giving them enough time to test all their latest ‘testing’ gadgets on her.
      Glad you enjoyed the read, Neal.

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  3. Sathyam. Onnu keri irangiyal mathi pocket keerunna avastha aanu. Sherikkum commercialized aayi poyi. Business aayitt aanu ippo aalkar kaanunnath instead of service. Vare vare insurance illathe patoola enna avastha aa. Great post, dear. Really enjoyed reading it. I love the way you write! (In case I haven’t already told you that before!) ๐Ÿ˜Š

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