Mitras Ethics Case Study
You are the District Magistrate of one of the poorest districts in the country. Due to widespread poverty and unhygienic conditions, there are many health related problems in the district. Many private medical practitioners have settled in the district and are running a profitable business. There are reports that many of them are charging high fees even for routine medical check-ups. Further, out of pocket health expenditure has risen exponentially in the district.
The MP of that constituency has fixed the rates, which the doctors can charge from their patients, for the most common medical treatment. These rates are within the capacity of the poor masses and would not impact the earning of the doctors too. He has also warned that if any doctor is found to be in violation of these, then serious action would be initiated against him.
The medical fraternity has protested against these arm-twisting tactics. They have approached the DM to remedy the situation.
(a) What are the options available to you?
(b) Evaluate each option and suggest the best course of action?
20 marks / 250 words.
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