Doctors are a model of public trust and health. When we go to them for help, we have faith in their prescriptions and diagnoses. After all, they’re professionals. But doctors are people too, and as such, they are prone to weakness.
An alarming trend has started developing. More and more doctors have been caught giving fake diagnoses just to earn a profit. The most alarming one is the doctors who convince their patients that they have cancer. Their most common reason for doing so is the huge monetary compensation they get from the treatments and medication the patients have to take.
Dr. Farid Fata, a medical practitioner from Michigan, is the most recent doctor who was found guilty of doing such a deed.
A little over a year ago, Dr. Fata was called out for medical malpractice, and he admitted to giving fake diagnoses in court. He told his patients to take chemotherapy sessions and buy the drugs he prescribed so that he could make some money.
When he was revealed for the fraud he was, his patients were stunned beyond words. After all, they trusted this man with their very lives. And if they couldn’t trust a doctor, who could they trust?
Dr. Sayed Mohammed, a retired oncologist theorizes that this rise in medical malpractice in the last decade is largely because many of the new doctors are like businessmen without a conscience. They see how much medicine for the serious diseases cost and think not about how to help their patients, but how to get some of that money for themselves.
Dr. Fata was found guilty of a $35 million Medicare fraud scheme. According to the government, Dr. Fata’s operations began as early as 2009. He had many offices dedicated to giving false diagnoses, such as Michigan Hematology Oncology Centers, with offices in Clarkson, Bloomfield Hills, Lapeer, Sterling Heights, Troy, and Oak Park.
Dr. Fata had 1,200 patients under his care and received $62 million from Medicare for the treatment of their “illnesses”. He then billed the government for over $150 million.
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade has assured the public that she will do everything it takes to see Dr. Fata behind bars for the rest of his life. She states that what Dr. Fata did was the worst case of medical malpractice she had ever seen in her entire life.
During his trial, Dr. Fata said it himself that he knew that the drugs he was prescribing his patients were “medically unnecessary.” so he cannot feign ignorance. With his scheme out into the open, the only thing that was not made clear was if he felt any remorse for what he did.
One thing has been made clear though. The health care system is flawed, and something has to be done to make sure these cases never happen again.