Healthcare Corruption In India In the Eyes Of A Foreign Doctor: Will The New Health Minister Listen?

British Medical Journal (BMJ), world-renowned medical journal published from UK, published a revealing experience of Dr. David Berger, an Australian doctor in Emergency medicine who volunteered to work in an Indian hospital recently, underscoring the harmful effects of the wide-spread corruption in Indian healthcare system.  Dr. Berger has found evidence of bribery and commission everywhere and described healthcare corruption in India “like a cancer”.  The author has painted a dismal picture and indicated that unless corruption is removed from the medical system soon, it may have more devastating effects not only for the hapless patients of India and also for the Indian doctors who aspires to be trained specialized medicine in developed countries.  We publish the entire BMJ article by Dr. Berger (see below) with a prayer and hope for that the newly appointed central health minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, will notice and take concrete steps to eradicate the rampant corruption from Indian healthcare delivery system.  PBT has recently submitted an urgent memorandum to Dr. Harsh Vardhan drawing his attention to the continued corruption in the newly formed Medical Council of India (MCI).

BMJ Article (May, 2014) Healthcare corruption in India