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India to investigate corruption in healthcare after TV sting operation

Published on Jul 22, 2014 4:26 PM

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India has ordered an investigation into doctors and laboratories suspected of offering kickbacks for referring patients for medical tests, following a sting operation by a TV news channel.

Hindi news channel News Nation TV showed laboratories in the national capital offering commissions as high as 50 per cent to doctors who referred patients to their diagnostic centres.

The diagnostic market is the fastest growing segment of India's US$74 billion (S$ 91 billion) healthcare industry, according to consultancy PwC, with the segment forecast to grow to US$17 billion by 2021 from US$3.4 billion in 2011.

Newly appointed Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has vowed to clean up the health system, which he says is riddled with corruption, a problem that pervades public life in India.

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