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Corrupt Indian Health Practices

Posted by Mrityunjay on July 12, 2011

The news of corruption in India is perhaps as shocking as presence of Taliban and Al-Qaida in Pakistan. So when you come across corrupt medical practices and experience it yourself, it can only create a stir in your heart and nowhere else. I have always been somewhat aware of seamy side of commercial medical practice because of my personal background but never been a direct victim of it, until now.

The story goes like this- I had some problem in my lower back so I went to a reputed Orthopaedic specialist. Found him yawning while I entered into his chamber, witnessed his continued yawning while he pretended to hear me for 2-3 minutes and he was still yawning when I left his chamber. His profile says, he regularly visits some of the most prominent private medical institutions in Delhi. He did not ask me much about my medical history, nor checked me personally. All he did was to recommend complete MRI scans of lower spine, dorsal and cervical. Note that, I only had problem in lower spine but the Respected Doctor prescribed all the three parts with specific instruction to go to a particular diagnostic center of his choice.

Now that’s for you, are the modern doctors today. A profession which was/is associated with charity/generosity is being used by pseudo life-givers as a tool to earn unscrupulous amount of money. Whether it’s paediatricians peddling gratuitous medicines by playing on the fears of parents or surgeons insisting on large sum of money before they can commence operations during an emergency or gynecologists pushing for caesarean by scaring the minds of patients or simply writing prescriptions for irrational drugs, majority of doctors have stooped too low. Some doctors, as in my case, prescribe expensive and unnecessary tests for the kickbacks they receive from diagnostic centres or pharma companies. There is no dearth of such cases.

Corruption amongst Indian doctors is rampant. It is my personal experience to witness doctors collaborating with Sonography doctors who do the Doppler’s test and write phony reports about the foetus development. Report will mention things like, the child is upside down or cord is around the neck etc. Private hospitals can’t earn much from normal deliveries so they use all the tricks to make patients go for the caesarean. It does not end there. Several pathology labs (mostly in smaller cities) will take the blood samples, will throw it in the back alley and will submit a report of someone else to the patients. Imagine, these unfortunate patients are prescribed drugs on the basis of such reports. The health professionals who are considered closest to God’s presence on earth because of their life-saving credentials are shamelessly playing with emotionally distressed people.

It is hardly surprising that most of the people have lost faith in the moral and ethical values of doctors. A famous Neurosurgeon in Delhi recommends on an average 10 MRI scan every day and for that he gets to earn 40% commission on every recommendation. Who can we trust when the Supreme Court of India declares the governing council MCI (Medical Council of India) as “den of corruption”. Arrest of its chairperson Ketan Desai further proves that medical education is acknowledged to be a business investment and medical practice gives the returns. Love of money has replaced the basic foundation of modern medicine, i.e., philanthropy. Deception, bribery and conflict of interest have become the new troika that defines modern day health practices in India. Though, these elements are dangerous for any business but downright deadly in medicine. It’s a shame that healthcare has become a money-spinning game.

Every year, thousands of Indian physicians and surgeons visit exotic locations. These visits are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies in lieu of unnecessary prescription of drugs by the so called messiahs of the society. In the light of such revelations, no wonder, doctors hardly prescribe alternative medicines for their patients. Last known, nature never offers bribes. How could these doctors whom society places on a high pedestal look in the mirror afterward? Is it self-deception which allows them to live with the fact that they are being bought? Or they stop questioning these practices by terming this a routine practice in medical field?

What’s the solution? I can’t seem to find any. The Indian Medical Association (IMA), largest association of doctors in India, has never taken an initiative to the declining standards of morality in its members whereas the heads of the regulatory council of medical education, the Medical Council of India is embroiled in allegations of payoffs.

A doctor’s confession published in The Hindu- We, doctors, know for sure from our long years of grueling studies that most of the symptoms are self-limiting, most others are trivial and very few are serious. In the name of evidence-based medicine and defensive medicine, we order a battery of investigations even for trivial symptoms. The cut practice and cost recovery of hospital equipment play a prime role in decision-making. Unnecessary tests are a loathsome burden on patients and, at times, result in false positive results leading to unscientific treatment.

Another practicing Psychiatrist says, Corruption occurs in three forms- split-fee, pharma-company interference and performance of unnecessary tests and procedures. In my experience corruption is practiced by almost all doctors.” To finish with, it would be too harsh on my part to generalize these revelations. There must be a good many doctors who voluntarily choose to put the care and welfare of their patients as their first and foremost priority and concern however hard it may be in an increasingly difficult and competitive market economy but these doctors should be considered more as exceptions rather than rules! The regulatory bodies must take control of the deteriorating health practices in the country or else…

And by the way, I got MRI done only on the lower back and did not visit that orthopaedic specialist again.    

Image courtesy:-themanipaljournal.com

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7 Responses to “Corrupt Indian Health Practices”

  1. Vikalp said

    Not to forget the huge amount of donations one has to pay to enroll in any tiny-winy medical college. They get the money because everybody – management, students and their parents understand that recovery is not that hard.

    Then there were 3 yr medical courses offered in Chhattisgarh few year ago..intentions were good..to come up with a decent system of knowledgeable doctors to serve in rural and tribal areas where no so called qualified (and obviously the ones who want to get their investment back with huge interests) doctor would want to go. But I think the scheme has failed- reasons are obvious.

    We still have numerous home made solutions for general diseases (dadi/nani ke nuskhe). Imagine once that wealth of knowledge is lost what would happen specially to the levels of corruption/exploitation which prevails.

    • Mritunjay said

      I had in mind to cover up that part of admission/donation offers..but yes, what You said is totally true ..I have seen guyz paying 20-30L for admission..Imagine, how would they cover the cost once they come out of the college..perhaps that’s why hardly any doctor prefers to go for a rural posting..

      Thanks for the comment partner..

  2. A Line said

    Corruption in medical practices is one of the most heinous crimes among all the others prevalent in our society. The article is hard hitting and the above sited examples prove how our society is getting porous at all levels – even basic necessities like food clothing health are being risked for Money! It is only when we stop being materialistic and respecting better things in life is when there can be some hope….

  3. formax1 said

    99.99 % of the doctors are corrupt so are the hospitals and diagnostic centres everyone knows it but what the indian govt. is doing to stop this crimes against humanity.
    The prices of the diagnostic tests will come down to 20% only if the practices for paying commission to the doctors can be stopped and testing will also come down to 1\10 as the doctors will have no interest in advising bogus tests when they donot get any commisions.

  4. Humanity Speaks said

    http://www.indiaagainstcorruption.com/f33/gangrene-corruption-worse-than-tuberculosis-aids-threatening-human-life-india-13441/

    The Gangrene of CORRUPTION is worse than Tuberculosis and AIDS threatening Human Life IN INDIA!

    IN RESPONSE TO NEWS ON TIMES OF INDIA:
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/New-deadlier-form-of-TB-hits-India/articleshow/11396410.cms

    The spineless media in India should stop being naiive and show responsibility in how to report these alleged Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis truthfully- and inform the people how many of these totally drug resistant TB cases had co-existing AIDS (HIV Infection).

    THE PROBLEM OF DRUG-RESISTANT TUBERCULOSIS IS ALSO EVIDENCE OF THE CORRUPTION IN THE MEDICAL PROFESSION (BOTH GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE) AT ALL LEVELS FROM THE LOCAL DOCTOR TO THE SUPERSPECIALIST IN A PRIVATE HOSPITAL ALL OVER INDIA.

    CORRUPTION – IMMORALITY AND DENIAL OF THE PROBLEM IS THE MOST SERIOUS AND DEADLY WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION WORSE THAN ANY INCURABLE DISEASE!

    DOCTORS MUST HONESTLY INFORM THE DIAGNOSIS OF THE TRUE DISEASE TO THE PATIENT AND PATIENT’S FAMILY FIRST.

    It is this disgusting DENIAL IN THE INDIAN SOCIETY where every DISEASE IS DELIBERATELY SHROUDED IN MYSTERY AND HIDDEN UNDER THE CARPET FOR SELF IMAGE- A REFLECTION OF THE FACT THAT INDIA IS ALREADY INFECTED BY THE GANGRENE OF CORRUPTION AND DISHONESTY- THEREFORE ALL CORRUPT INDIANS ARE WALKING ON THE PATH OF DOOM, DESTRUCTION AND DEATH DUE TO THEIR OWN DENIAL OF THE TRUTH AND ALLOWING THE GANGRENE OF CORRUPTION TO DESTROY EVEN THE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF INDIA.

    When there is a problem, INDIANS HAVE NEVER TRIED TO ADDRESS IT AND FIND A SOLUTION TRUTHFULLY BUT FIND BLAME IN OTHER FACTORS AND ACT HELPLESS- LOOK AT THE GANGRENOUS CORRUPTION WITHIN EVERY CREATURE IN INDIAN SOCIETY WHICH IS TOTALLY RESISTANT TO ANY SUGGESTED REMEDY- THIS IS WORST THAN ANY AIDS OR TUBERCULOSIS…FOOLS ARE DESTINED TO DISINTEGRATE AND DIE.

    INDIAN DOCTORS ARE ALREADY SWAMPING IN THE STINKING GUTTER OF CORRUPTION AND THE STINK HAS SPREAD TO THE REST OF THE WORLD AS WELL! THIS IS A VERY SHAMEFUL AND SAD STATUS THAT DOCTORS ARE SO GREEDY AND UNETHICAL THAT THEY MERELY PLACE THEIR STETHOSCOPE ON THE CHERST OF A HEALTHY PATIENT AND REPORT THAT AS A HEART DISEASE – ONLY FOR THEIR SELFISH GREED- TO EARN MONEY BY REFERRING THE PERSON TO A CARDIOLOGIST- AND THE CARDIOLOGIST ALSO THEN LOOTS THE PATIENT BY RECOMMENDING HEART SURGERY AND EARNS A CUT FROM THE HEART SURGEON AS WELL. THIS HAS BEEN WITNESSED FIRST HAND BY FREE-TO-SPEAK TEAM AT MEDICITI HOSPITAL- HYDERABAD, INDIA.

    THUS THERE IS THIS CRIMINAL NETWORK OF DOCTORS AND SPECIALISTS WHO ARE WORSE THAN ANY EVIL TERRORISTS KNOWN TO MANKIND SO FAR ON THIS EARTH!

    THIS UGLY FACT – EVERY INDIAN ON THIS EARTH MUST ACCEPT……….WITH TRUTH AND HONESTY….!

    WHICH SENIOR DOCTORS OR SPINELESS SENIOR AWARD WINNING MEDIA PERSONS (SHEKHAR GUPTA, PRANNOY ROY & BARKHA DUTT) IN INDIA HAVE THE GUTS TO INVESTIGATE THIS EVIL CRIME THAT IS OCCURRING OPENLY IN MEDICITI HOSPITAL, HYDERABAD FIRST ALONG WITH THEIR CAMERA TEAM AND THEN ACROSS THE MEDICAL PROFESSION ALL OVER INDIA?

    THESE SENIOR MEDIA PEOPLE ARE SO SICK THAT THEY CAN ONLY PATHETICALLY SIT ON THEIR HIGH CHAIRS IN THEIR STUDIOS AND GRILL TEAM ANNA MEMBERS ONLY TO PROTECT (FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH GREED FOR POWER & MONEY) EVERY MEMBER OF CORRUPT EVIL POLITICAL PARTIES (LIKE KANIMOZHI- KALMADI- RAJA- CHINDAMBARAM- PRANAB MUKHERJEE- DIGVIJAY SINGH -RAM JETHMALANI- NARENDRA MODI- YEDURAPPA and many more…..) WHO ARE PROVIDING PROTECTION TO SUCH CRIMINAL DOCTORS ALSO.

    FREE-TO-SPEAK TEAM HAS ALSO WITNESSED SUCH CRIMINAL ACTS IN MEDICITI HOSPITAL, HYDERABAD WHERE A CARDIOLOGIST SON HAS BEEN A SILENT WITNESS TO HIS OWN DOCTOR FATHER WHO HAS BEEN CHEATED BY HIS OWN SON’S COLLEAGUE- AND TAKEN INTO AN OPERATING THEATRE – GIVEN ANAESTHESIA- AND DID NOT EVEN PERFORM THE REQUIRED OPERATION- AND THE DOCTOR FATHER (PATIENT) HIMSELF AFTER A FEW DAYS REALIZED THAT HE HAS BEEN CHEATED BY HIS OWN SON AND COLLEAGUE AND REPORTED THIS TO THE FREE-TO-SPEAK TEAM!

    WHEN WILL ALL THIS END- WHEN WILL PATHETIC, SPINLESS AND CORRUPT HUMAN SPECIES CALLED INDIANS- WAKE UP?

  5. Himanshu Kharabanda said

    Corruption is encouraged by the Doctors lobby to make money. that is the reason for not accepting the foreign degrees by IMA, the IMA refuses to accept evrn those degrees that are acceptable by WHO and in more devloped countries

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