The medical trade

HS Bawaskar

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2013.086


It is disturbing to hear the numerous revelations of malpractice and ethical lapses committed by members of the medical profession. Technology is often misused, with patients being made to undergo unnecessary examinations, hospitalisation and even surgery. In many small nursing homes, doctors have their own medical store and laboratory. Unnecessary prescriptions are issued and no explanation is given to patients or relatives. Large multinational pharma companies regularly supply ECG material and cardiac monitors to some leading physicians who prescribe only their products. This unethical approach has also infected medical colleges. Some professors convey to their students that unethical practice is the right way to conduct oneself as a doctor.

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