Indian Ethics Panels to Audit Diagnostic Tests Prescribed at State Hospitals

In response to the Chief Minister of India’s Free Diagnostic Test Scheme, the Department of Medical Health and Family Welfare has ordered state-run hospitals to audit diagnostic tests prescribed by doctors.  To perform the audits, hospitals must form “ethics committees” to audit 1% of the tests prescribed each month.  The monthly audit is intended to examine the circumstances under which diagnostic tests are prescribed in light of the fact that that patients may pressure doctors to prescribe tests under the Free Diagnostic Test Scheme.  In addition, the Indian government is concerned that over-prescribed tests may expose patients to unnecessary harm. Unnecessary exposure to X-ray radiation is illustrative.  Read the original article here.

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