EXCERPT FROM THE SPEECH:: There is considerable irrationality in allocating resources for the case of individuals and populations distorting the humane face of medicine.Take the case of renal dialysis.Whereas it costs lakhs of rupees a year to dialyse a single patient,the health expenditure per head is only a few hundred rupees.The saving of one life may mean the death of many.Advancement in medical technology with skyrocketing expenditure has prioritised the health interests of a few individuals to populations to whom modern sophisticated treatment is a dream yet to be realized