In the absence of information the medical care of the survivors has largely remained symptomatic. Well over Rs 150 crores ($95 million) has been spent on medical care of gas victims by the government yet treatment for exposure-related illnesses remain elusive.
In the absence of this information, the Chief Medical Officer (Gas Relief), has been forced to admit the lack of specific treatment for gas-induced diseases. A study by the IMCB on Bhopal confirmed severe lacunae in the medical treatment being given to the survivors.
The inadequacies of the government's healthcare system has led to a flourishing business opportunity for private medical practitioners. In the severely affected areas nearly 70% of the private doctors are not even professionally qualified yet they form the mainstay of medical care in Bhopal.