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If these allegations turn out to be true, then the question is not 'How can one doctor be so corrupt?' Instead, the questions are 'Why did it take so long to uncover this?' and 'How big is the iceberg of which this is only the tiniest tip?'
Healthcare corruption affects all healthcare economies and seems to be grossly under-recognised. It is pernicious and directly antithetical to good patient care.
In 2014, I published a Personal View on healthcare corruption in India in this journal.