Letters Corruption in medicine

Indian government must spend more on healthcare, salaries, and infrastructure

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4625 (Published 15 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4625
  1. Dipankar Sircar, nephrologist1
  1. 1Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (IPGMER), Kolkata, India
  1. deepsircar{at}gmail.com

There are several reasons for this state of affairs in Indian healthcare.1

In the case of government hospitals, the government spends only 4% of its gross domestic product on health compared with 8% in Afghanistan, for instance. Facilities and salaries are abysmal; at best, a professor of medicine in Kolkata will earn the equivalent …

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