Emergency care in rural settings: Can doctors be ethical and survive?
We describe below the pressures of running a small private hospital in an underserved rural area, while providing emergency healthcare for victims of poisonous stings, accidents, and other acute health conditions. Both ethics and law demand that payment is not asked for upfront in emergency cases. Yet patients and their families often fail to pay normal dues for months or even years. It is disturbing to encounter such behaviour even in villages; and doctors in small communities are easy prey. In these conditions can one be true to ethical principles and ensure one’s own survival?
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