The HWR blog today, entitled “Health Wonk Review: Polar Vortex Edition, July 2014”, pointed to another blog called Health Care Renewal, that discussed how corruption in health care is not limited to the US, and cited problems in India, which happens to be one of the largest medical tourism destinations in the world.
The article in Health Care Renewal, entitled, “Health Care Corruption, “No Dirty Little Secret,” but “An Open Sore” – Lessons from India for the US”, quotes from various sources the scope of corruption found in India and the parallels to corruption in the US.
Some of the issues found in both India and the US are as follows:
- Neoliberalism and privatization
- Kickbacks to physicians for referrals
- Kickbacks from pharmaceutical firms
- Huge fees charged to medical students
Those of you have read my recent posts, “The Stench of Fraud: Why Workers’ Comp Can No Longer Be a Closed System” and “The Stench of Fraud, Continued” won’t be surprised that corruption exists elsewhere. But the fact that it does exist elsewhere should not blind us to the reality that we can do something about it here at home, especially when it concerns injured workers, and represents a complete and utter disregard for the Hippocratic oath that states, “First, do no harm”.
It would seem that this admonishment from Hippocrates falls on deaf ears when there is money to be made from inflicting pain and suffering, as well as heaping abuse on innocent, injured workers.