Oncologist intentionally misdiagnoses patients, defrauds Medicare

Perhaps the only thing worse than being diagnosed with cancer in Pennsylvania is learning that you never actually had the deadly disease in the first place; that you suffered through countless rounds of chemotherapy, racked up expensive medical bills, dealt with feelings of despair and prepared for the possibility of death when none of it was actually necessary. Why? Not because of a medical error, but because you were a victim of another type of medical malpractice: fraud.

An oncologist from Michigan is accused of doing just this. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 20 years in prison. The scam allegedly occurred over a two year period. The doctor not only ordered chemotherapy for cancer patients who didn’t need it, but also diagnosed patients with cancer when they didn’t actually have the disease.

By doing so, he defrauded Medicare out of as much as $35 million. Authorities began investigating the doctor after a nurse on his staff complained about his actions. The doctor’s medical records were seized and a case against him was put together. Still, an attorney representing the oncologist maintains that there was no wrongdoing, intentionally misdiagnosis or any other form of medical malpractice.

If you think that you may have been a victim of a medical misdiagnosis—whether intentional or unintentional—you should seek a second option from another medical professional. It may also be a good idea to consult with a legal professional. You may be entitled to compensation for your mental anguish, physical pain and suffering, medical expenses and other damages.

Source: New York Daily News,” Michigan doctor held on $9 million bond for misdiagnosing cancer patients in Medicare scam,” Trudi Bird, August 16, 2013.

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