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A campaign against kickbacks

Thomas George


Giving kickbacks for referring patients for investigations has become a widespread disease. The practice took an epidemic turn with the setting up numerous CT and MRI scan centres. Doctors are canvassed to “extend the indications” for such investigations. In plain English this means doing the investigation when a less expensive one would do as well, or when it is not necessary. The result is that the patient ends up paying more for the investigation and also undergoes unnecessary investigations.

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