This unfortunate account shows how far some doctors will go just to receive some financial kickbacks.
The ‘sick care’ industry is a big money maker for pharmaceutical companies. While some health care practitioners have begun to recognize the importance of diet and lifestyle and now recommend preventive care as a main form of ‘medicine’, others have wrongly benefited from vulnerable patients and traded their integrity as physicians for profit.
One such doctor, Farid Fata, has a long jail sentence ahead of him for such malpractice. A hematologist-oncologist who once worked in the suburbs of Detroit, Fata was sentenced to 45 years in prison for running a fraud scheme in which he falsely ‘diagnosed’ patients with Cancer. Once he wrongly misdiagnosed them, he then prescribed unnecessary chemotherapy and other cancer treatments to help them ‘remedy’ their non-existent condition.
In order to scam Medicare and private insurance companies for more than $34 million, Fata, who was the head of Michigan Hematology Oncology, one of the state’s largest private cancer networks, misdiagnosed a number of individuals.
One of Fata’s nurses, Angela Swantek, noted that his oncology practice was very busy. She observed up to a dozen patients getting chemotherapy treatments at any on time and, therefore, filed a complaint with the Michigan licensing regulators. After an investigation, however, the state later determined nothing to be out of compliance.
It took a 3-year investigation by the FBI to reveal Fata’s practice for what it is: a dangerous ‘chemo mill’.
A tip from George Karadsheh of Crittenton Cancer Center in Rochester Hills sparked the investigation. He had heard from other doctors that Fata often insisted on aggressive chemotherapy for his patients even when they did not require it.
In 2013* Fata was arrested, and later pled guilty to 13 counts of health care fraud, including money laundering and accepting kickbacks from Guardian Angel Hospice and Guardian Angel Home Health Care. No other cases have been as egregious as Dr. Fata’s, according to U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade of the Eastern District of Michigan.
You can learn about the dollar amounts Fata will forfeit due to his criminal activity by visiting healthcarefinancenews.com.
*Although this account is from 2013, TrueActivist shared it as a means to raise awareness about the corruption which does exist within the mainstream healthcare system. As with everything, there are good and bad examples of practitioners within all realms of healing. It is your duty, then, to be aware and cautious of who you trust with your health.
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