In a first-of-its-kind move, Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC), the quasi-judicial body that oversees functioning of doctors practising modern medicine, sent a show-cause notice to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH) in Andheri (West) on Monday.
According to the MMC, the hospital has allegedly been sending out entry forms, titled Elite Forum, to various doctors.
MMC president Dr Kishor Taori said, "We have received the form from two doctors... it clearly shows rewards for number of admissions. This indicates that doctors are offered a cut for referring patients for admission to the hospital."
According to MMC, a copy of the two-page Elite Forum form says a "reward" of Rs1 lakh for 40 admissions per annum, Rs1.5 lakh for 50 admissions and Rs2.5 lakh for 75 admissions. The doctors have to sign and stamp a statement that reads: "I am very happy to know that KDAH has introduced an ELITE FORUM for membership by invitation to senior doctors, for partnering KDAH, and jointly help bring about unique patient experience in line with the best of global hospitals."
MMC has been stringently cracking down on cut practice ever since a Mahad-based doctor, Dr Himmatrao Bawaskar, petitioned it after receiving a "commission" from a well-known diagnostic chain for referring a patient for an MRI.
"Cut practice is very dangerous and spoils the doctor-patient relationship. MMC is trying to improve this relationship," said Taori.
When dna tried to contact KDAH, its CEO, Dr Ram Narain, wasn't available for comment.