Commissions from medical stores and pharma companies for Ayurveda doctor are quite prevalent these days. But did you know that the system was existent since ancient Ayurveda times? Read more to find out.
Dhanvantari Bhaga – Doctor’s commission by patient in the form of medicine share.
In ancient times, Ayurvedic doctor himself was preparing medicines for patients. Usually, patients with his relatives used to come from far distances to consult the doctor.The doctor would diagnose the disease and make medicines for him.
While he was preparing medicines, he was entitled to retain certain percentage of the medicine so that he can use in other poor and needy patients. The percentage of such a type of commission depended upon dosage form.
In case of Rasaushadhis – herbo-mineral preparations like Bhasma etc – it was 50 %
In case of herbal oils and ghee – Taila and Ghrita and for herbal jams (Lehyams) it is one eighth part. (12.5 %)
In case of Loha (Iron preparations), Churna (herbal powders), Vataka (tablets) – it was one seventh part. (14.28 %)
Rudrabhaga – Doctor’s commission by Medical shop owner.
In later periods, as medical system evolved, there were medical stores. which used to give commission to the doctor based on the amount of medicine prescribed to patients. This percentage was called as Rudrabhaga. And it was one eleventh part. (9.1 %)
Both these references are found in an Ayurveda text book called Rasa Ratna Samucchaya – written in 13th Century.
An interesting thing to note is, both these two types of commissions are named after God’s name. Indicating that doctor was considered to be God’s agent and was believed to be honest to his patients.