Medicine & Doctors · Public health

The Role Society Plays in Perpetuating Medical Corruption

This book review was published in thewire.in on Sep 4 2016. Here is the link.

Below is an excerpt:

One of the most important points made in this book pertains to revamping what is called the ‘Indian medical register’ and making it more useful for the common public. Not many people are aware that the Medical Council of India (MCI) is required to maintain a register of every Indian MBBS (and further specialised) doctor and that this register is available online. The MCI, however, has not been diligent in maintaining and updating it or enabling useful search functionalities in the online version. The media should certainly follow up on this and build pressure on the concerned personnel to make the register more meaningful for the public. Ideally, just by looking in the register, patients should be able to know if the doctor they met or plan to meet indeed possesses the degrees they say they do, and when and from where those degrees were earned. Currently that’s not the situation.

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