On falling medical standards of the CGHS.

My mum, a pensioner is covered under the Indian govts Central Govt Health scheme.

Now we know that there have been scams of medicines being purchased at inflated prices and fake bills used to show purchases with CGHS before or the fact that medicines meant for clinics are sold in the open markets , but in a place like Mumbai, if the doctors give u wrong medicines what should one do? And the CGHS polyclinic has equipment that can be certified genuinely antique, with Xray machines of post independence era and the likes.

Some of the Doctors are arrogant and only care for the grade A, working staff like the IT commissioners and likes. Worse, these doctors think they are kings – they start a bit late and even if the dispensary is supposed to close at 1.30 pm they arbitrarily close at 12 pm.

Last time when she went to the doc there complaining of back pain, the doc prescribed diclopehnac, a common painkiller and Ranitidine hydrochloride.

A quick google tells me that Rantac / Zantac is used to decrease the production of stomach acid, which may reduce irritation to the stomach lining and help heal ulcers and other gastrointestinal conditions, how is it related to lower back pain?

And looks like thankfully, it was a correct prescription, as the doc has already commented that it was a correct prescription.


6 thoughts on “On falling medical standards of the CGHS.

  1. Prax:
    Diclofenac can irritate the stomach and cause bleeding, and hence Ranitidine is given to counteract or prevent this.
    CGHS is a bad joke on many patients and on most private hospitals they have a tie up with. The payments are miserable, and most doctors don’t like to treat CGHS patients.
    Of course, their own doctors would probably act just like Government servants!

  2. Ok doc , i take your word for it , cause this was supposed to be a senior doc.
    As my mom is underweight I cut down the dosage prescribed and gave her a tiny 50mg pill instead of the huge pill he had given her.To me, past experience to me means brufen abuse, as that was the standard medicine given for all things by their docs

  3. Even my grandfather used to take medicines from CGHS and I went with him twice or thrice and the place was really bad. I asked him why he took medicines from there and all he gave me was a smile. 🙂
    I guess rambodoc is right – It is a bad joke. A really bad one.

    True, and the govt supposedly looses a tonne of money on them , just like most other ventures

  4. For common meds, facing the CGHS process does not make sense at many dispensaries. You are better off just buying them from the market. Pharmacy Chains like Mediplus, Dhanwantary etc. give 10% off everytime.

    However for life-saving and/or expensive drugs, CGHS is a boon. For ex: my FIL requires CAPD fluid and EPO injections every month due to CRF. The bill for these two alone comes to 28K p.m.

    It’s not that every CGHS dispensary is a mockery. The small ones far away from HQ tend to be. The large ones attached to Central Store or HQ are generally quite good. The one at Begumpet/Hyderabad certainly is very good.


  5. true , it helps when the medicines are expensive
    a few may be good, but most arent , trust me and their primary focus are the babus with grade a postings not the pensioners and fps

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