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Dr Shashi Agarwal admits he was paid $100 for each patient he referred for an MRI

Washington: Dr Shashi Agarwal, a 60-year-old cardiologist who was in private practice at East Orange in New Jersey, has pleaded guilty to referring patients for diagnostic tests in exchange for money.

Dr Agarwal was arrested on December 13, 2011 and charged with accepting bribes in violation of the federal healthcare antikickback statute. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 6, 2013 and could face up to five years in prison.

From 2009 to 2011, Dr Agarwal solicited and received more than $100,000 in kickbacks for referring patients for MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and CAT (Computed Axial Tomography) scans, reports Newark Star-Ledger.

Dr Agarwal told US District Judge Claire Cecchi in Newark federal court that he agreed to refer as many as 20 patients each month to Orange Community MRI. He was paid $100 for each patient he referred for an MRI and $50 for a CAT scan. [Source: The Heart]

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7 Comments

  1. Jayanta Bhowmick Jayanta Bhowmick Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    Such strict anti kickback laws are the need of the hour in India too.Is anybody listening?!!!

  2. Dr.Kingra Dr.Kingra Sunday, March 3, 2013

    Sad.

  3. MANIRAM SHARMA MANIRAM SHARMA Thursday, February 21, 2013

    Enactment of law is not a problem for India. Firstly, the law enacted will be as cripple as our legislatures. For example India has prepared Anti torture Bill of 7 sections only while that in a small country -Philippines contains 35 sections i.e. a comprehensive bill. Small countries like Nepal has Law Commission Act but India lacks such an Act. Secondly, nobody is there in India to enforce any law. In UK Lord Chancellor is responsible for efficient and prompt conduct of courts. In China Supreme Court is accountable to Parliament. In USA advocate Generals are responsible for enforcement of law.

  4. DrShriniwas DrShriniwas Thursday, February 21, 2013

    Not surprised,This is a routine practice every where in India. Dr.shashi Agrawal should have come to India for practice.He would have flourished here

  5. Alok Alok Thursday, February 21, 2013

    A similar law can be brought in India but who will implement it. The culprits will bribe the authorities and go scot free. There will be no conviction in India.

  6. dr.c.prabhakar reddy dr.c.prabhakar reddy Thursday, February 21, 2013

    What about mri centre. If law want to stop this system both should be punished

  7. DR.P.L.NAWALKHA DR.P.L.NAWALKHA Thursday, February 21, 2013

    effective antikickback statutory laws are needed in india.

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