At a time when students, parents and even doctors are uncertain whether opting for medical college along with the vulnerability and risk associated with becoming a doctor is worth it or not, some are naive enough to pay millions as fee for medical education and for securing a seat in medical college. The noble intentions of NEET were to minimize wastage of seats due to multiple admission procedures running concurrently and to do away with the variable criteria for selection used for admissions. But there has been unregulated steep increase in fees of private medical colleges. So in the end, seats remain unfilled and may be a kind of auction, whosoever can pay millions, takes the seat.
Going by selection of candidates as doctors, If given a choice, by whom a patient will like to get treated? A candidate who scored 30 % marks or a person getting 60% or 80% marks. NEET eligibility getting lower and a candidate getting around 30 % of marks may be able to secure a degree to treat patients. What will be the deciding factor? The criteria as to why a person with 60% marks will not be given a seat and with 30% marks will be able to secure. It will depend upon, whether a student is able to pay the exorbitant fee or not. Present system and mechanism of admission permit and accept such huge variation! That strange equation is acceptable in lieu of money paid!
It is ironical that the medical profession is regulated, but medical business or medical education is not. Such business of producing doctors based on their paying capacity should be clearly trounced for the benefit of public. Foundations of healthcare should be on touchstone of merit, ethics and character and not based on business deals. Therefore meritorious students, especially from average backgrounds, who opt to become doctors feel cheated when they pay massive fee to buy a seat. It is an insult to the very virtue of merit which should have been the sole criteria for these admissions.
Quite a few successful candidates may eventually feel that the money spent and the hard work may not be worth it especially those candidates who may have invested in heavy fees or bought a seat in medical colleges with hefty amount. Some of them, who invested millions for becoming doctors, will be even probably unable to recover their investments. The students with strong financial backgrounds may be more benefited as they can become investors or health managers. But for others, it could be a dream turning into a nightmare.
Buying a seat may be a compulsion for many as a result of entrapment into a system. Once aspiring child decides to be a doctor and there may not be any other way forward.
A famous axiom “as you sow so shall you reap “ has an application to health system. As NEET has been implemented and there has been some effort to find out information about admissions to medical colleges, at least tip of the iceberg is getting visible. More you know or read the news items about NEET, more one is convinced that industry selling medical college seats has been quite powerful and practically, every technique to sell seats is prevalent to by pass the merit and deny seat to deserving candidates. These meritorious children, who are denied seats could have been good doctors and real custodian for the health of people. But if for some reason, business prevails and government fails to prevent this cruel and corrupt selling of medical seats, an Einstein brain is not required to guess the whole malaise prevalent in health system. Foundation of medical system is suffused with sand rather than touch stone of merit.
Astronomical and unreasonable fee of medical colleges without proper facilities and medical education can be born only by investors and not good candidates. It is the people and society, who will be the real sufferers in future. Therefore resentment to such system should come from the society.
If every one is happy by the arrangement, then one has to introspect, whether society really deserve kind of doctors, they wish.