The Doctors discuss the case of a Virginia OB/GYN who reportedly performed hysterectomies and sterilizations on women without their consent.
The FBI is investigating the doctor who is accused of performing the unnecessary surgeries to allegedly defraud insurance companies and the Medicaid system. One patient claims the accused doctor said she had pre-cancerous cells and needed a hysterectomy. She reportedly asked for a less invasive procedure, but the doctor allegedly still went ahead with the hysterectomy and perforated her bladder in the process. The patient also found out she never had pre-cancerous cells in the first place.
Private investigator Brad Pfanner says one reason behind these alleged crimes is that the doctor may have been trying to coverup up his fraud by performing the surgery, which he could then bill the insurance company for. Brad says fraud of this type can actually be common, along with doctors overcharging for procedures or billing for surgeries that never even take place.
In order to protect yourself, Brad and The Doctors suggests patients take the following steps:
- Research to find out if a doctor is board-certified and if they have ever had any issues in the past
- Ask the doctors as many questions as possible about any procedure or surgery, which can help you stay informed and will communicate to your doctor that you are diligent and aware
- Patients are entitled to their medical records and Brad suggest always asking for copies, which may help deter fraud
The Doctors reached out to the lawyer for the doctor in this case, but the lawyer did not respond.