We've talked about unnecessary surgeries on our blog before, and how they can lead to medical malpractice. Well, one doctor in Westlake, Ohio is the perfect example of a doctor who routinely gave unnecessary surgeries to his patients for his own benefit.
Luckily, he's being held accountable for it.
According to Cleveland.com, Dr. Harry Persuad was found guilty of performing unnecessary heart procedures and overbilling insurance companies. The cardiologist, who has his own private practice in Westlake, Ohio, was found to have performed dozens of unnecessary stent insertions, catheterizations and tests so that he could overbill Medicare and other insurance companies for $7.2 million.
At trial, prosecutors assert that Persuad made over $1.7 million in profits from this scheme, and that he transferred some of the profits to his wife's account when he was under investigation. He was found guilty of health-care fraud, money laundering and 13 counts of making false statements relating to health care matters.
Now that he has been found guilty, the sentencing trial is set to begin on December 18. Persuad faces up to 20 years behind bars, but this may be unlikely due to federal setencing guidelines.
This story has us thinking about the patients whom he operated on unnecessarily - what injuries do they have, what care should they have gotten that they did not get? Several of Persuad's former patients have sued him for medical malpractice, and we hope that they will recover damges.
Make sure you protect yourself because not all doctors (and insurance companies!) have your best interest in mind.
Make sure to give us a call at 202-393-3320 if you believe you've had an unnecessary surgery in the D.C., Maryland, or Virginia area. In the meantime, you can request any of our free books, guides and reports so that you can be well-informed about your rights. Our guides like 7 Symptoms of Medical Malpractice: How You Can Recognize, Stop and Avoid Medical Mistakes can help you if you've been the victim of medical malpractice, or know someone who has.
Unnecessary surgeries put the patient at risk for all sorts of medical errors surrounding the surgery, anesthesia, post operative care, medication administration - it's not just the surgery itself.
And there are many, many examples of malpractice in a hospital - doctors not communicating with one another, ordering the wrong test, not taking the time to review test results or lab results, not consulting with specialists, not discussing all of the options with the family. Some of these are simple (and easily fixed) but none of them should happen to you or your family.
Thankfully, this greedy doctor who put patients as risk was found out and prosecuted.