China’s top prosecutor is investigating a senior doctor in Yunnan province for taking over US$18 million worth of bribes in cash, property and parking spots, the official China Daily reported Tuesday.
Wang Tianchao, the head of Yunnan’s No. 1 People’s Hospital, used his position to seek bribes related to construction projects, the procurement of medical devices and the appointment of doctors to positions, a statement from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate said.
It said Wang had received 35 million yuan (US$5.64 million) in cash, 100 properties worth about US$13 million and car parking spaces.
Patients often complain they must pay bribes to get to see top doctors, and industry insiders say kickbacks to medical professionals are widespread to help boost sales of drugs and medical equipment, Reuters reported.
Beijing has been cracking down on corruption in the healthcare sector, fining British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC nearly US$500 million last year for bribing doctors to boost sales of its drugs.
China Daily said Wang, who was in the running to become the head of the region’s food and drug regulator, was removed from his post last month.
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