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Explanation with proof can show doctors’ innocence
by Eui Kyoung Yoon (ekyeun@dreamdrug.com)
Published : Dec 26, 2014 08:15:03
The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) plans to decide whether healthcare providers received kickbacks or not, based on their explanation with some proof.

The MOHW sent notices to doctors and pharmacists suspected of receiving kickbacks recently. The notices say that they received a certain amount of kickbacks for a certain period before the new stricter rule started. The amount received was known to be 1 million won or more, but less than 3 million won.

It is said that their petition with explanation matters. If the period on the notice included the days of business closing of the pharmaceutical company that was suspected of giving kickbacks, the notice receivers can prove that the company was closed during that period. If the notice receivers were out of country, they can show the record that they traveled abroad.

Some criticized that the MOHW made healthcare providers accountable for proving their innocence, but an official of the MOHW pointed, “If they can’t recall because it happened a long time ago, we will accept some other proofs, too.”

For example, if they show no change of their prescribing trend for the suspected period, they can prove that they didn’t receive kickbacks from the suspected company.
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