What are the consequences of a healthcare fraud?
Healthcare fraud can cause severe damage to patients, including permanent disability and death. It often takes advantage of some of the most vulnerable citizens such as the children, the disabled, and the elderly. Many cases have highlighted dramatic violations of the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship, dishonestly enabling a physician or a healthcare company to financially enrich themselves at the expense of their patients.
As an example of blatantly unethical policies, some hospitals administered a treatment that was less‐effective or even more dangerous than a more medically appropriate alternative, in order to receive a higher reimbursement. In other documented instances, fraudulent practices that saved a clinic several dollars per patient resulted in hundreds of illnesses or death. In 2008, two Nevada endoscopy clinics owned by Derek Desai, M.D. saved $5‐10 per patient by “double‐dipping” syringes back into a single‐use vial of anesthetic. The outrageous practice resulted in 114 patients contracting Hepatitis C and led to multiple deaths. Unfortunately, this is just one example of hundreds, if not thousands of daily instances where remorseless health care providers put profits ahead of patient safety.