The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has said that the government must provide support to doctors in the form of subsidised loan rates for purchasing equipment in order to be able to provide healthcare to all across the country. “We can render services to the poor and the rural population only when we are able to procure the necessary equipment at affordable prices,” IMA President Dr G Samaran told reporters recently. The state government could extend loans to all doctors under several of its schemes, he said. Samaran underscored the importance of physical exercises at least five days a week for diabetic patients, at an awareness programme. The IMA would focus on enroling more members, Samaran said adding, “Of the six lakh doctors registered with the Medical Council of India only 1.8 lakh doctors are members of the IMA”. The IMA would also make efforts to being about the government to consult it before making crucial decisions pertaining to medical health, he said.