A recent Harvard Business Review (2016) suggests that Doctors make better managers and indeed better hospitals are the ones that are lead by doctors; Known as the “Heroic lone healers” at one time always had the quality of leadership hidden within them (Harvard Business Review, 2016). The health care in recent times basks in complexity where increasing demands need to be met while delivering good quality of service against the rising costs. The noble profession encompassing humanity needs to balance the technological advances and this calls for physician leaders.
Patient centred care and efficiency in excellent clinical outcomes requires doctors to lead healthcare organisations because they are sensitive to the needs and requirements of the patients; Another study found that managers with clinical degree had the largest positive outcomes than non-medical managers; Research suggests that an exemplary physician is more likely to create an environment which is right, working towards appropriate goals and evaluate contributions of others, setting organisational priorities to the other stakeholders (Harvard Business review, 2016).
Innovative ideas are a way forward in the Indian Healthcare delivery. Given the complexity of the Indian healthcare, it is important for doctors and healthcare professionals to embrace leadership behaviours and come up with innovative ideas to meet the challenges of the present healthcare system in the country.
Dr Pallavi Hoskote.
Stoller K J., Goodall A., Baker A, (2016), Why the best hospitals are managed by doctors, Harvard Business Review Available at