Reluctance of candidates to wrap up expensive medical college seats is just an indicator of aspiring medical student’s better understanding of the cruel reality about medical education. Becoming a doctor is not easy these days. Paying crores is like getting into a trouble zone and getting yourself entrapped into a system of exploitation. It may be alright for candidates who are from rich backgrounds. But for the candidates whose families are not strong financially, it may be self bought disaster. Steep rise in fee of medical colleges has been huge, beyond logic and is injustice to the meritorious. One advantage of inappropriate media bashing of doctors, recent assaults against doctors has given some wisdom to innocent students, who used to just enter into a system of entrapment unknowingly. Choosing medical career and then trying to place your feet into post graduation, spending crores in all these situations is akin to falling victim to a system of entrapment. Some one paying for it in millions and crores is an absurd thought and highly ill advised. For the candidates who are not financially strong, it may be difficult to even recover the money spent, what to say about the time and youth wasted in getting a degree which may or may not be that worth.
Therefore it may become dream turning into nightmare for the people who can not afford. Lower merits combined with not so good medical colleges may produce thousands of degree holders but not good doctors. Recent sporadic campaign of stray cases projected as generalization by media has definitely diminished respect for profession. Individually most of the doctors may be working hard honestly but they are uniformly painted in the same colours due to misplaced priorities of the media. Society has already developed a prejudiced mind towards doctors. Since these projections are created by outside agencies, doctors even with hard work and doing work honestly may not be able to change the perception that has been created. Damage to profession has been immense and it is nearly impossible task to reverse the mistrust generated and undo the damage. If individually doctors are doing good and media continues the negative projection, the sad situation will persist. All efforts by doctors in this direction are like oil on the sand.
In nutshell, this toil and trouble for years, buying a seat, paying millions or crores and becoming a doctor does not save you from vulnerability of court cases and wrath of public. Rather suboptimal training and capabilities makes them more vulnerable to problems. It may be alright if some one with strong financial background decides to be a health manager or administrator.
Real problem of mediocrity remains as such. Candidates with higher merit will be left behind as candidates who can buy and pay more will get in. This process will be called as “lawful selection” along with diluted merit .This process makes count number of degrees distributed under various conditions attached to it other than merit. But just number of degrees will not provide better doctors for future.