And in August, the FBI charged a physician with health care fraud for administering chemotherapy to patients who never had cancer as part of a Medicare fraud scheme that was worth as much as $35 million—and may have contributed to a patient's death.
The month before that, a physician was arrested on charges that he killed four people in an act of revenge against two pathologists who dismissed him from a residency program 12 years ago, Reuters reports. In June, the former owner of a New Jersey laboratory accused hundreds of doctors of accepting millions of dollars in bribes, and in May, 14 doctors and nurses were charged in a massive Medicare fraud crackdown.
Obviously, these doctors are the (extremely rare) exception, but their actions offer the worst kind of reminder that we need more oversight of licensing, training, and complaints in medicine.
Here's another such story, recently spotlighted on the "Skeptical Scalpel" blog.
Dr. Ehab Aly Mohamed is a "cosmetic surgeon" in California who was trained in obstetrics and gynecology and has no formal training in cosmetic or plastic surgery. No legitimate U.S. medical board has certified him.
Last month, he was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2010 death of a liposuction patient. He has also been accused of charging exorbitant prices for procedures, with some procedures costing up to $650,000. He allegedly sedated a patient and then had agreed to more surgical procedures. He once botched a hernia repair that he attempt to perform on himself and had to be rushed to the hospital.