Thought of the Week – 17th April 2023

In China a revolutionary step was taken two thousand years ago. Under the new system the doctor had to be paid by the patient as long as the patient remained healthy. If the patient fell sick, then the doctor was not to be paid. That seems very strange. We pay the doctor when we are sick, and he makes us healthy again. But this is dangerous, because you are making the doctor dependent on your sickness. Sickness becomes his interest: the more people fall sick, the more he can earn. His interest becomes not health but sickness……

Ayurveda is future, but budget allocation is stuck in past

…..But this is a very wrong system. The commune should pay the doctor to keep the commune healthy, and if anybody gets sick in the commune the doctor’s salary should be cut. So health is the business of the doctor, not sickness. And you can see the difference: in the West the doctor’s business is called “medicine,” which relates to sickness. In the East it is called “ayurveda,” which means “the science of life”—not of sickness. The basic business of the doctor should be that people live long, live healthy, whole, and he should be paid for it.


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