21 October, 2020

A Lancet To Puncture Your Pocket

The alarming new trend of asking patients to undergo surgery they could do without

Tribhuvan Tiwari
A Lancet To Puncture Your Pocket

Cost Of Unrequired Surgeries Recommended By Doctors

  • Rs 3,00,000 Bypass Surgery
  • Rs 2,50,000 Knee joint replacement
  • Rs 40,000 Breast lump removal
  • Rs 40,000 Hysterectomy
  • Rs 30,000 Gall bladder removal
  • Rs 20,000-30,000 Cataract
  • Rs 5,000-25,000 Biopsy


With the burgeoning of hospitals, medical malpractice has only grown. While in the past, doctors were known to prescribe a host of tests for patients and take their own time in discharging them, a new and alarming trend should be cause for concern for the health ministry as well as the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR): needless surgery, in which patients are put through costly invasive procedures they don’t really need. These operations cost anywhere from Rs 10,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh and are such that...



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