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Bihar: Doctors to pay Rs 3.51 crore for performing unwanted hysterectomies

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Patna: The state government, coming down strong on the medical practitioners who were involved in the so called uterus scam of 2012, is all set to recover Rs 3.51 crores from them on account of performing unwanted hysterectomies on 703 BPL women in the state. CM Nitish Kumar, is reported to have directed the state home department officials to recover the said amount from the accused doctors at the rate of Rs 50,ooo per surgery.

The case goes back to the year 2012, when reports of a uterus scam in the state came out, revealing that medical practitioners had operated out the uterus of 703 Below Poverty line women in order to claim money under the health insurance scheme

TOI reports that The Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) earlier this year, in this regard directed the state government to pay Rs 18 crore as compensation to the identified 703 women. The compensation was decided at the rate of Rs 2.5 lakh each to the victims in the age group of 20-40 years and Rs 1.5 lakh each to the rest of them. The 703 women reportedly include a 20 years old, 103 women in the age group of 20-30 years and 288 women between 30 to 40 years, all of whom were in the reproductive age group but now are unfit to attain motherhood on account of the hysterectomies.

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CM Nitish Kumar however  reduced the amount of the said compensation to Rs 50,000, while directing the state home department officials to recover the amount from the accused doctors.

Earlier in the matter, the DM, heading the probe reported that the removal of uterus of the 703 women was not medically required to treat their ailments which were as trivial as abdomen pain. The said operations were conducted under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana initiated by the Centre in 2008, a scheme under which unorganised workers are provided with cashless health insurance cover. Private medical practitioners and hospitals across different districts of Bihar were paid insurance money of about Rs 1,500 to 2,000 each for 46,690 uterus removal surgeries in 2012, of which these 703 were found unwanted by probe.

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The state health department as per the directions of  the CM has written to the district civil surgeons to identify the doctors from whom the compensation amount has to be recovered.

FIRs were also lodged against 13 doctors and 33 hospitals soon after the DM concluded their probe into the scam. However, no arrests were made as they either obtained bail or were reported as absconding in the police files.

The MCI on the other hand, has received suggestions from both the state government as well as the BHRC to cancel the registration of the accused doctors, to which the ethic’s committee of the MCI is yet to respond.



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Source: With inputs

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    Dr. Dharmendra Kumar December 6, 2016, 4:10 pm

    Government health insurance scheme without proper approval of treatment centre to reimburse claim is mainly responsible for these happening. Bihar rural Ares practitioner have got very limited investigation facility regarding hysterectomy but surgeons are practising that surgery according to their ability and judgement. Mere imposing penalties is not sufficient to curb these practice, It is surprising that such young women had got hysterectomy . Govt should vigilant over these insurance scheme that where these BPL family will get treatment.

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    Dr. HIMANSHU KUMAR December 1, 2016, 7:44 pm

    If something is wrongly done, it cannot be appreciated. What ever good surgeries they have done, probe has proved that 703 were illegal, why? What\’s the necessity? If patient is not satisfied why she was not referred to higher centre? Why the doctor want to treat every thing according to the book written by him and do unethical practice? Just to satisfy the patient?? I really can\’t understand..

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    Dr Ramesh Vardhan December 1, 2016, 10:47 am

    For cheap popularity Some GOVERNMENTS comes out with silly schemes. The unprofessionals occupying the higher positions. Will be looking for some such schemes. So to make huge illegal earnings. It looks to me the Government wants to take revenge with their CITIZENS, such things are called as political conspiracy with Hidden agendas.Or having some kind of understanding with the Hospitals.( Sharing of income). Majority of the Hospital owners are related to either to the Politicians or The Burocrates.Most often the talented Doctors go way from the state, and helpless ( hopeless) and POOR Doctors choose GOVERNMENT services. And those with money, influence set up their own Nursing Homes. And try to grow in all possible ways. This how the system works in most of the States in INDIA. Added to disadvantage Quackery is biggest Hurdle in our country. There two types – The Real QUACKS & the Qualified QUACKS ( without required knowledge and skills , no desire to learn new things). Such people remain busy looking for different ways and means to mint GOVERNMENT schemes, insurance, by giving cut and commissions. Being Friendly with crooks and corrupt. The end result the system becomes FILTH PRODUCING FACTORIES, with Poor Human Development index, higher rate of Maternal & Infant Mortality rates. Higher incidence TB, Diabetes, Hypertension, Chronic Kidney disease, Liver disease , Accidental Deaths, Malaria, Dengue, chikungunia……… diarrhoea and dysentery , undernutrition. Like Fake currency Notes, we have plenty of Fake policies that\’s why out of 100 Rupees spent by the Government only 16 paise REACH the end users. That means 84% of Hard-earned money of tax payers money is misused by The Politicians and the Government employees. The CITIZENS are at the receiving End . The End result is a Disaster. This country surviving because of 10% Good CITIZENS, 80% helpless people and remaining 10% Bent upon looting the country by all possible ways and means.

  4. Nonsense moron judge don\’t know the basics of medical science giving decision. Judges are ever against doctor without doing unbiased investigation

  5. No woman voluntarily accepts hysterectomy with out children, if it is not on medical grounds.
    If unusual no.of hysterectomies reported needs to have a suspicious look on hospital management.
    Doctors involved in the medically non indicated hysterectomies must betaken in to task, must be punished.