Today everyone is wearing a mask to avoid the virus. And with that, we are also stopping the non-covid virals to enter our body, which means very fewer visits to the general practitioner for getting the colourful tablets and pink water for that 4 days medicine course which cures the cold, cough, and headache from our body.
Usually, the post-monsoon and the winters are the hot seasons for the general practitioners. But because we all are wearing masks, the general practitioners’ revenue has decreased. In fact, child specialists have gone in losses. The national body of child doctors has started ad campaigns to remind the parents to bring their kids to the doctors so that they can give the other vaccines. By the way, the vaccines which are available for free in the municipality is given by these child specialists at Rs. 400 to 1000 and more.
Let’s say the coronavirus vaccine is approved in Jan 2021 and is given to the masses by the year-end of 2021. Will you continue wearing masks thereafter? Technically you should, I mean the government will bring measures to continue wearing masks while the vaccine is given to the population and even after that.
In my opinion, even if the government doesn’t force us to wear a mask, people have become aware of what a virus is and what it is capable of doing. Not just covid-19, but even the small virus which causes you some cough and cold. Since people have already noticed that they didn’t get any flu or cough during this last 8 months, which usually they get at least couple of times or more in a year, they will now use the mask whenever they come across any public gatherings or events, especially indoors. They won’t wear it all day, but they will have a mask with them for sure, which they will use it for such situations, if not wearing continuously.
A time will come, when the medical body will have to smartly tell the government, not to push people for wearing masks, requesting them to stop talking about masks, and let people come to the full previous normal. Or else it will affect the medical revenue. Of course, the association will have to pay a huge amount of money to the Netas for doing this.
Every story starts with the general practitioner, the patient is checked, asked to visit again (fair enough), the patient is asked to get some tests and reports, even those which are not required. Which means giving business to other doctors who takes the sample or does the scanning or testing. Again passing the business to the labs who gives the report.
The pharmacy industry always has a tie-up with the general practitioner and the local medical stores, which means the doctor is paid a commission for prescribing the medicine which will be available only at the nearby medical store where the pharmacy company has kept their goods to be sold.