FTC finds staff at 11 hospitals took bribes from medical firm

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FTC finds staff at 11 hospitals took bribes from medical firm

The Fair Trade Commission said it has discovered that the doctors and staff of 11 local hospitals were bribed by ShinWoo Medical Center, a medical device company in Korea.

The state-run watchdog said on Friday that the company, which imports and sells medical devices in the country, offered bribes worth 14 million won ($12,601) to doctors and other staff members of 11 small and midsize hospitals based in South and North Gyeongsang.

The bribes came in the form of cash, airplane tickets and free dinners. In return, the company asked doctors and staff members to purchase its products, hindering fair competition in the Korean medical device market.

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