Friday, July 8, 2016

14 July 2016: Fate of Medical Malpractice around Legally Defined Code of Conduct for Medical Professionals

R. K. Sharma, Medico-legal Consultant

Media reports are horded with cases of medical malpractices across India. A lot of violence is also reported against doctors and other health care professionals. Why do these all happen? Are doctors alone responsible or consumerism and unrealistic expectations from doctors, and spiraling healthcare costs responsible too?

The profession of medical practice is changing its shape. From being an art, it has become one dependent on machines. The cost of setting hospitals has gone through roof. An MRI machine costs 5 crores. As govt has failed to provide health care to masses, private sector has come in a big way in providing healthcare facilities and they are obviously not on charitable mission; they want to make money as fast as others are making in other business. So how do they go about it? They do it through the doctors forcing them into malpractice and violation code of conduct. The common medical malpractices are referrals, fee sharing, commission from diagnostic labs and favours from pharma companies. Consent is also a concern which needs to be addressed.

Date: July 14, 2016
Time: 04:30 P.M.

Conference Hall, Ground Floor
R&T Building
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy,
18/2 Satsang Vihar Marg, Special Institutional Area,
New Delhi-110067(INDIA)


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