"An Edison cardiologist on Thursday admitted referring patients for diagnostic testing in exchange for cash kickbacks as part of a cash-for-patients scheme with a diagnostic facility in Orange, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Agarwal is the 10th person to plead guilty in the government’s investigation into the scheme to pay cash to health care providers who referred patients to Orange Community MRI for diagnostic testing, according to prosecutors. From early 2009 through Dec. 2011, Orange MRI paid Agarwal for each MRI and CAT scan he referred. In court, Argarwal stated Orange MRI gave him $100 cash for each Medicare or Medicaid patient he referred for an MRI. Agarwal also received $50 for each CAT scan referral. Agarwal also admitted that he agreed to refer as many as 20 MRIs to Orange MRI each month. "
Without actually needing CBI investigation or rocket science we all know the problem is much more deep rooted in developing countries like ours and stronger laws with strict implementation is required to prevent unnecessary investigations as well as increased cost to the consumers. Doctors should identify this problem and join together in curbing this corrupt practise. Abolishment of the 'Cut" practise with stricter laws will go in long way in promoting quality healthcare in India.