A majority of Indian population has a perception that Hospitals/Doctors have become very expensive and a visit to a doctor will involve high consultation charges, a battery of laboratory tests and expensive and unnecessary medications.
This is true only with Corporate Hospitals and a minority of the Doctors but the general population thinks it is all pervasive.
To avoid this expense, they prefer to visit Pharmacies and try inappropriate Medications as the first choice.
A visit to a Doctor and waiting for the Doctor’s consultation will take away half a day and the easiest way out is to buy medicines without a Prescription from the nearest Pharmacy.
In the last few decades we have witnessed that majority of MBBS Doctors do not want to open primary care clinics but rather opt for Post Graduation or work in Corporate Hospitals as Duty Doctors and that means neighborhood clinics have vanished and even for a minor problem, patients are forced to visit nursing homes/hospitals which is a financial burden for them, leaving them with no other options but to visit a nearby Pharmacy.
Across urban India, in all cities and major towns, a drive to the nearest Hospital/Doctor will consume a lot of time and energy. This is a contributing factor to avoid Doctors and visit Pharmacies.