When a patient in Houston needs to go see a doctor, they trust that their doctor has their best interest in mind. Doctors are often effective problem solvers who have had extensive training in figuring out what is wrong with their patient. But occasionally a doctor makes such an egregious mistake that it causes the wrongful death of their patient. This may be the result of corruption in a growing number if situations.
Across the United States there has been an alarming number of physician bribery cases popping up in the courts. In one case, a lab company offered lavish kickbacks to doctors in New York and New Jersey in exchange for their blood tests. Another physician has pleaded guilty to accepting more than $250,000 for referring his patients to specific pain specialists. Another doctor was sentenced to 37 months in prison for accepting over $100,000 from a lab that he gave his patient's blood work to. And another doctor will spend a year in prison for having another lab pay for his house remodel and property taxes while he gave them his patient's lab work. And an equipment manufacturer was fined over $620 million for bribing physicians to buy its equipment.
When doctors become corrupt, patients do not know whom to trust. Doctors may not have their patient's best interest in mind and may not be serving their patients. Doctors who are too interested in their own compensation can make mistakes. If a family believes their loved one has been affected by a medical mistake, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in medical malpractice.
No one ever expects they will be the victim of a medical mistake. Corrupt medical providers have no place in our medical community. It is important to hold these doctors accountable so that they don't harm anyone else.
Source: nj.com, "Medical malpractice: The alarming numbers of doctors busted for bribery", Tim Darragh, June 19, 2016