Case Study

Puerto Rico, August 2007 – Puerto Rico seizes ‘fake doctors’

Officials allege that 88 doctors in Puerto Rico gained their credentials through fraud or bribery.

The doctors are accused of bribing officials to change exam results so that they would be allowed to practice. It is alleged that medical licensing board officials took bribes of as much as US$6,000 per candidate, to raise the marks on exam papers so candidates would pass.

Media sources say that the country’s medical licensing board has implemented new safety measures since the allegations first surfaced in 2007.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6928659.stm

The Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Programme is an international programme of Transparency International, based in the London office of Transparency International UK.

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