13 doctors arrested

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    in Milan,
    unnecessary operations,


    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/0..._investigation

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    That happens in the US all the time. Gotta love the CABG done on the 85 yr old patient that is confused and/or has been bedridden for years. Or the cosmetic surgery on minors.

    The US doctors just have better survival rates for the immediate postop period compared to these guys, that's why no one has bothered to look this in the states.
    Mara123RN, MIcrunchyRN, nurse15dc, and 8 others like this.
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    Does anyone remember the "60 Minutes" story a few years ago about the California cardiologist who told every patient who came to him that they needed heart surgery immediately? Or, for that matter, is there anyone here who worked at that hospital?

    That's as despicable as the abortion clinic that told every woman who walked in the door that she was pregnant, even if she wasn't.

    I'm on break at work so I'll fill in more details later.

    Batman24, firstaiddave908, Kempochic, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from rph3664
    Does anyone remember the "60 Minutes" story a few years ago about the California cardiologist who told every patient who came to him that they needed heart surgery immediately? Or, for that matter, is there anyone here who worked at that hospital?

    That's as despicable as the abortion clinic that told every woman who walked in the door that she was pregnant, even if she wasn't.

    I'm on break at work so I'll fill in more details later.

    Are you off of break yet?
    Faeriewand likes this.
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    Quote from rnmomtobe2010
    Are you off of break yet?
    The abortion clinic was in Dallas, Texas and this happened in the 1970s. A TV station heard that some unethical things were going on at this center, and sent women in undercover who KNEW they were not pregnant because they had been sterilized or even had hysterectomies, and this place was shut down. I do not know if anyone went to prison, or even had their licenses revoked or suspended.

    One of the near-CABG patients who appeared on "60 Minutes" said he was in the anteroom awaiting surgery, and the nurse whispered in his ear, "You need a second opinion" and convinced him to sign out AMA and do so, acknowledging that if she was caught, she would be fired on the spot. The doctor with whom he consulted for that second opinion told this man that he was the third patient he had seen that week from this hospital who had been told that, and IIRC, if anyone was discovered to have died from an unnecessary operation, the doctor was going to be charged with first-degree murder. The hospital administrators hadn't asked too many questions about this doctor because he brought so much money into the hospital. BTW, it was a Tenet hospital which is a for-profit chain; to me, that explains a lot. I'm sure I could find plenty of links if I went looking for them.

    A lot of fertility doctors also are of the mind that they will treat anyone who walks in the door as long as the money is green. Too many people have been exploited in this manner.

    What about Robert Courtney, the black mark on my profession who didn't put any drugs in his IV bags and who knows how many people died because of this bottom-feeder?
    Flame_07, racing-mom4, Jessy_RN, and 1 other like this.
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    There are less invasive procedures that are done as well, such as 24-hour halter monitors for a "murmur".

    I am this type of thing happens all the time and will continue to, unfortunately.
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    Quite a few years ago when I worked in surgical step down I saw a lot of patients who seemed like bad candidates for CABG. They had so many medical problems and so many complications post op it would just make me shake my head. What I am trying to say is YES it is probably going on here. I honestly think that sometimes you can be so ill that it can get to a point where any additional proceedures will just hasten death. Remember docs don't get paid for doing nothing.
    Jessy_RN, lindarn, herring_RN, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from rph3664

    What about Robert Courtney, the black mark on my profession who didn't put any drugs in his IV bags and who knows how many people died because of this bottom-feeder?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Courtney

    Robert Courtney - the toxic pharmacist - fraud -
    did he need $19 million? What a dishonest and greedy person he is - much deserving the 30 years of his sentence (or more).
    Angel@MyTable and Jessy_RN like this.
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    Quote from rph3664

    What about ................... the black mark on my profession ..............who knows how many people died because of this bottom-feeder?
    >
    Ditto that...........
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efren_Saldivar
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    Last edit by herring_RN on Jun 12, '08 : Reason: link didn't work


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