Category Archives: Health

Self-interested, Not Dodgy, Doctors

Rumi Ahmed.

Published in the Weekend Independent on 5 November 2010.

This piece argues that physicians must be given incentives to go rural.

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Health-care reform: Waiting for the parents of our Libby Zions

Rumi Ahmed.

Published in the Independent on 10 October 2010.

This piece explores the role of private initiative to reform our health care system.

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Time to rebuild trust

Rumi Ahmed

Published in the Daily Star on 25 March 2009.

One’s life is in the other’s hands. Photo: AFP

I teach applied lung physiology to over 200 first year medical students in the United States. Every year I start the class with a confession and an apology. My students pay $40,000 a year only as tuition. An overwhelming majority of these students finish medical school with an average loan of $200,000.

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‘We are poor, but are we not human?’

Asif Saleh and Rumi Ahmed

Published in the Daily Star on 24 March 2009.


Unattended and uncared for.

Every Saturday our prime minister speaks directly to the common people for a few hours and hears their grievances, and later asks the relevant ministry to take action on these matters.

Yesterday was one such day. I wasn’t there. But if I were, what would I tell the PM?

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