Bangladesh's understaffed and underfunded public hospitals always deal with a huge number of patients, exceeding their capacity. As a result, many are forced to go to private clinics or hospitals, which are very expensive. One has to pay Tk 600–1000 just to get expert advice of a doctor in private hospitals. In order to diagnose the problem accurately, doctors often ask the patients to conduct medical tests, which are also costly. In serious cases, many do not even trust the private hospitals and go abroad, mostly to India, for better treatment. But for low-income people, neither of the above is an option.
These people have no other way but rely on public service. Therefore, we urge the government to ensure quality healthcare for all, including those who cannot afford to receive treatment in private hospitals, let alone abroad.
Zabed Wali, By email