We rely on doctors to keep us safe, keep us healthy, and to always be completely honest with us no matter the situation. Unfortunately this is not a perfect world and rules are always being broken.
One example is that some doctors are now confessing to intentionally diagnosing healthy people with cancer to make money. The reason is that when a patient is diagnosed with cancer, the doctors receive a kickback with treatments such as chemotherapy.
Dr. Farid Fata, who practices out of Michigan, is the most recent doctor to confess to this crime.
Over a year ago in court, Dr. Fata admitted that he intentionally and wrongfully diagnosed healthy patients with cancer. He also admitted that he gave those patients chemotherapy drugs for the sole purpose of making a profit.
Do you think his patients were shocked? Absolutely they were. No one would ever suspect a doctor to stoop so low to fake a diagnosis and also have the nerve to give medication for that fake diagnosis so they can make a profit. Many would call this kind of act unconscionable.
Retired Oncologist Dr. Sayed Mohammed says he noticed this trend about a decade ago, “Many of these unscrupulous Physicians are like businessmen without a conscience. The only difference is they have your health and trust in their hands–a very dangerous combination when money is involved.”
Fata was charged with a $35-million Medicare fraud scheme that included billing the government for medically unnecessary oncology and hematology treatments.
According to the government, Dr. Fata was running this scheme since 2009 to the present. He was doing this through his medical businesses, which included Michigan Hematology Oncology Centers, with offices in Clarkson, Bloomfield Hills, Lapeer, Sterling Heights, Troy, and Oak Park.
The government came forward and stated that Dr. Fata had a patient list of 1,200 people and received $62 million from Medicare; his final bill total for the government was over $150 million.
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said that she will be doing everything in her power to see that Fata gets life in prison for his actions. She is calling his case “the most egregious” health care fraud case her office has even seen.
When Dr. Fata took the stand and named all the drugs he prescribed, all he could do is mutter these words “I knew it was medically unnecessary.” Did he feel bad for what he did? Who knows. Does he regret what he did? Only he can answer that. The only thing we can take from this case is that there is a giant crack in the health care system.