Health campaigning group calls for action on corruption in IndiaBMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4648 (Published 15 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4648
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Waiting lists for surgical procedures are maintained only on paper, written by hand on large calendars, in various Departments. Bogus patient names are enlisted, to keep the place available for "private" patients who are willing to pay in order to skip the yearlong list.
Medical doctors in Greek public hospitals were probed and found to have real estate property and bank accounts comparable to oligarchs! One in three physicians had huge sums in bank accounts that could not be accounted for.
Apparently, corruption, extortion of money from patients, embezzlements of European Research funds, bribes from pharmaceutical Companies, continue to be widespread in Greek public hospitals. The international People’s Health Movement organisation should get interested in the precarious healthcare situation in Greece.
Competing interests: Dr Stavros Saripanidis is a diligent taxpayer who is called to pay for all accumulated and ever increasing debt in Greek public Hospitals. Widespread corruption and overpricing have significantly increased Hospital debt.