‘You cannot get five star treatment at two star rates.’

George Thomas

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2004.044


SK is 32 years old. He is now destitute and depends on charity for food and shelter. Till two years ago, he was a construction worker and earned enough to live a lower middle-class life. One day he fell off a building during construction. He fractured his right femur and left hip. He was taken to a hospital run under the Employees State Insurance (ESI) Corporation scheme. He was there for a few days. After initial resuscitation, he received no further treatment. He was told that his fractures required surgery. However there was no indication when the surgery would be done. He was in severe pain and could not turn or sit. The slightest movement in bed displaced the fractured bones, which was terribly painful.

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