At a time when politicians and the insurance companies debate about who deserves health care at what price, Dr. Aumatma Shah and the other practitioners at Karma Clinic literally gift their care and services to patients in an offering that is full of sacrifice in the truest meaning of the word– “to make sacred”.
Health care can often be characterized as a pretty sick business, leaving many patients wondering whether their physicians got into medicine because of status and financial security rather than the compassion they hope to be at core of the profession.
Karma Clinic practitioners remove any doubt about their desire to help people heal and reduce their suffering by putting money and status on the sidelines. They regard themselves as humble partners in healing, with financial security outsourced to the circulation of gifts of gratitude that come from their service.
The debt incurred through acquiring a medical education and the sword of malpractice hanging over most doctor’s heads encourages the self-interested physician to orchestrate a delicate dance of concern against profit, often leading to minimal time with patients, costly ‘cover your a$$’ diagnostics and tests, and over-reliance on pills and procedures for patients to the neglect of prescriptions for health-supporting changes in lifestyle.
While Karma Clinic practitioners have incurred financial debt for their medical education, they’re driven by the debt of gratitude in being instruments of healing. Patients get intensive time with the practitioners, with an emphasis on arriving at the root cause of health problems and treatments geared toward adjustments in diet, attitude, and lifestyle as much as the remedies and procedures provided. Treatment itself is a gift, removing the quid pro quo of ‘care’ for money while pushing the burden of sustainability to what overflows from the gratitude at becoming whole.
We think of sacrifice as a dirty word we’d rather not have to indulge in, but if you could trade your fancy car for the health and longevity of a loved one, wouldn’t you do so in an instant? In a consumer-driven society, we forget that real sacrifices are always offerings that get us closer to our real treasures in a step toward the sacred.
Karma Clinic is a dance in the sacred, radical in that its practitioners dare to see you as an equal and care for you as much as a member of your own family. Wouldn’t you rather have a doctor who sacrifices their Benz for your health, rather than visa versa?
While gifts have sustained Karma Clinic so far, the experiment is about to intensify for one of the practitioners. Dr. Shah’s med school loans are about to come due starting in May. The increased expenses give the community an opportunity to join the sacred dance through sacrifices of their own that allow the clinic to sustain.
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