ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Cut Practice in Private Healthcare

The Government of Maharashtra had set up a committee to draft the Prevention of Cut Practice in Healthcare Services Act, 2017 to stop cut practice in the medical profession. In the last two decades, there has been rapid commercialisation of medical services which has led to cut-throat competition among doctors to attract patients for higher revenue generation. This article presents the views of doctors about different aspects of cut practice, such as its prevalence, trends and the ways to stop it.

“Honest Opinion. No Commission to Doctors,” said the hoarding near Mumbai airport, for a well-known hospital (Pratap 2017). This advertisement led to an unprecedented uproar and triggered action by Maharashtra’s medical education minister, Girish Mahajan. A committee was set up under the chairpersonship of former Maharashtra Director General of Police Pravin Dixit to look into the viability of the proposed law against “cut practice.” After a round of deliberations, the proposed Prevention of Cut Practice in Healthcare Services Act, 2017 is now ready for being passed, which may happen in the upcoming winter session of the assembly.

The hoarding is not the sole declaration regarding the practice of taking commission. In the past, there have been discussions in the print media about this. For example, the case of H S Bawaskar, who had filed a case against a hospital in Pune for offering him commission for referring a patient (Iyer 2013), or the case where Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai had tendered an apology to the Maharashtra Medical Council for openly offering “cuts” to doctors for referring patients, have been discussed widely (Vora 2017).

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Updated On : 24th Jun, 2020
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