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Punjab Medical Council writes to Modi to combat ‘medical corruption’

Punjab Medical Council writes to Modi to combat ‘medical corruption’

Terming ‘medical corruption’ as the “worst” form of graft in the country, a top functionary of the Punjab Medical Council has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring in a strong law with strict implementation to curb the menace.

In a hard hitting open letter to Modi, GS Grewal, President of the Punjab Medical Council, has said primarily there are three types of medical corruption – exorbitantly priced drugs, cuts and commissions to the referring doctors and referring patients for diagnostic tests and medical examinations without the actual need.

Noting that the profession of doctors “no longer” remained noble, Grewal alleged that referring patients for diagnostic tests without any need has given rise to “medical mafia” and politicians have also sided with the erring doctors due to which illegal practices are going on at the cost of the patients.

“I want to flag for your urgent attention the ‘medical corruption’ prevailing in the country. While any sort of corruption is disgusting and condemnable, medical corruption is the worst.

“The medical corruption is primarily of three types.

Exorbitantly priced drug, cuts and commissions to the referring doctors and referring the patients for diagnostic tests and medical examinations without the actual need,” Grewal wrote in his letter to Modi.

He said there is a need to purge the healthcare system to make it easily affordable which is quite possible without harming the genuine and justified interests of the medical fraternity.

“I request you (Modi) to bring in strong law against medical corruption which is the worst form of all the corruption. Only a strong law with strict implementation can act as a strong deterrent against the medical corruption, cheating and fraud.

“Otherwise, desperate and helpless patients will continue to get exploited and fleeced and even dispossessed of their possessions, earnings and savings,” he said.

In India, every year three crore people are believed to slip Below the Poverly Line after spending their savings and earning or selling off their assets for medical treatment, which may or may not cure them of their diseases and ailments.

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  1. Absolutely correct. Severe punishment for these crimes with proper checks n balances to avoid harassment of innocent doctors is the need of the day. Do it at earliest respected PMji.

  2. I agree with Dr Grewal.The first reason the exorbitantly priced drugs can be well controlled by Drug Controller of India.
    The generic drugs were started in country in the hope that poor people will get drugs at cheaper rates but the scenario is just opposite which is further aggravated by branded generic.The MRP of these generic drugs is much higher than standard company,thus patient has to pay higher rate.Even there is difference in rates of standard drugs leaving aside rates of companies involved in research and development.
    Take example of 1Inj Ceftriaxone 1gm,the rate of standard companies varies from Rs.30/-to Rs 55/-to 75/-and generics even higher in range of Rs100/-and above.2.Inj Meropenam 500mg from Rs 500/-to 1000/-and generics 1800/-and above.

    . The generic drugs were started in the hope that poor people will get low priced drugs but scenario is just opposite.Branded generic has further aggravated the problem.The M.R.P.of these generic drugs is much higher than corresponding standard drugs and patient get these drugs at higher cost and difference in price is divided among company and prescriber.
    Even in standard companies there is much difference in price leaving aside the companies involved in research and development.eg MRP of 1. Inj Ceftriaxone 1gm

  3. Medical corruption can’t be corrected separately which is small or in small clinics who are giving sevices to the poor and little big in big hospitals in India but what about legal dealing persons,police peoples and politicians.So It is linked to all other fields like judiciary,beaurocracy, political, revenue,medial education, police department etc.Hence stop blaming tip of the ice berg and see other portion of ice berg which is hidden under water.

  4. what did PMC themselves done to fight .has their members pleaded not to do such things

  5. Modt important is to dtop drug menace

Source: PTI

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