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22nd June, 2017
Thank you, my patients

One of the reasons for the widening gap and the mistrust between doctors and patients is the increasing patient expectations. Patients today are aware of their rights - Right to safe medical care of good quality, right to be informed about the their disease and the treatment prescribed, right to ask questions and seek clarifications, right to privacy and confidentiality, among others. They expect the doctors to answer all their questions and want to be equal partners in decisions regarding their care. In addition to the professional care, patients expect their doctors to be compassionate and courteous to them.
 
It may come as a surprise to many but the seeds of the doctor-patient relationship were sowed when the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) was introduced. In this consumer and shop relationship, the patient is "God". The patient is considered your asset.
 
Every effort must be made to keep the patient happy and satisfied and maintain the relationship. 

In a survey conducted by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on expectations of patients from their doctors, a paradigm shift was observed. About 40% of patients expected their doctors to thank them. This is a fact that we need to accept and acknowledge.
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