The Indian Medical Association (IMA) wants the Central government to pass a bill in Parliament on right to healthcare along the lines of the Right to Education Act.

This will pave way for infrastructure development and offer facilities and privileges to people in lower socioeconomic groups, the association said.

In order to take healthcare to the masses, the IMA also has proposals that they want to impress upon the State and Central governments, such as the launch of postgraduate courses in emergency medicine and family medicine. While the need for emergency medicine has been long felt, it is also necessary to focus on family physicians, the association said.

“The emphasis on specialists has resulted in people seeking out specialists every time they have an ailment. We want the government to bring back the concept of family physicians to provide the first line of care before a patient is referred to a specialist,” president-elect of IMA L.P. Thangavelu told reporters on Tuesday.

The new office-bearers of IMA, which will officially take charge on Saturday at Coimbatore, said they had pledged to work to eliminate quacks and had several suggestions that they wanted the government and the medical fraternity to mull over, including the insistence on a common entrance examination for undergraduate medical courses. If the government wanted to bring in changes in medical education, then it must first streamline the various syllabi that the country follows for class XII, as these scores are used to evaluate students opting for undergraduate courses, Dr. Thangavelu said.

The IMA has also proposed to take forward the continuing medical education programmes to doctors in rural areas and has urged governments to consult it while drafting health policies.

  • Proposal by Indian Medical Association

  • Also suggests PG courses in family medicine