Indian Doctors Are Bribing Colleagues, Ambulance Drivers, and Even Yoga Teachers to Get Patients
July 6, 2017
(Quartz) – Doctors trying to establish their practice are given the impression that if they do not pay commissions, their practice will not survive. Moreover, corporate hospitals often set targets for doctors on how many patients they should treat and how many medical procedures they must perform in a given timeframe. If a doctor cannot achieve the targets, he could lose his affiliation with the hospital. Students of private medical colleges then pay donations that can range anywhere between Rs30 lakh and Rs1 crore, putting great pressure on them to start earning well early in their careers. This combination of factors alarms doctors into paying commissions for referrals.