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Who will be the Medical ‘Anna’ of today?

The medical profession is going through a phase of heavy corruption. This scenario came about when the profession was first brought under CPA. The corporate hospitals are using all the principles of marketing under the plea that under CPA there are no restrictions; MCI has no jurisdiction on hospital establishments and MCI ethics are not applicable to them.

As per MCI ethics

  • One cannot use touts for procuring patients but all corporate hospitals have a full marketing departments.
  • Establishments cannot solicit patients, but all corporate houses are heavily giving commissions and luring GPs to refer them patients.
  • Establishments cannot solicit patients, but all corporate houses are heavily giving commissions and luring GPs to refer patients to them.
  • Doctors cannot give or receive commissions. But today the referral fee can vary from 6% to 75%. In medical tourism, on international patients alone, it is 30%.
  • All GPs are appointed as visiting physicians and given a percentage of the whole bill as indirect commissions.
  • Quacks are not suppose to prescribe allopathic drugs but today there are more quacks prescribing allopathic drugs than there are allopathic doctors. All pharma companies have a rural division to cater to such fake doctors.

Who will bell the cat? Will there be a medical ‘Anna’ who will rise to the occasion or the real ‘Anna’ will have to also take up this issue. In the past many attempts by medical professionals to go the Anna way have failed. The DMA movement on many occasion to fast at Rajghat for anti quackery movement failed as they could never gather the public momentous. To be effective the movement must have the support of at least 1% of the general population.

Dr KK Aggarwal
Editor in Chief