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In the year of 2009, 2,490 doctors were convicted of crimes in courts of law, or seriously sanctioned by medical governing bodies behind closed doors.* During the Summer of ’09 – for example – while five of Michael Jackson’s doctors were being investigated; and while two of Anna Nicole Smith’s doctors were indicted in her death; 21 other physicians were quietly convicted for murder and rape, secretly filming their nude patients, drug running, injecting fake Botox and child molestation and grand theft. Nationwide, you ask? Oh, no. That was merely the 90-day “Daffy-Doc” crime tally in the state of California.In what country on this planet are 11,000 doctor convictions* in a single decade (2000-2009) not merely condoned, but utterly unexamined? Why, this one.The National Practitioner Data Bank holds files on a phenomenal 237,000 physicians, referred to as either “Dangerous” or “Questionable” by the Health Research Group.History shows that an inordinate percentage of serial killers over the last 100 years have been doctors. But the phenomenon of bizarre behavior of crimes just short of homicide seems to be getting worse:
The sheer volume of what is happening is undeniable. The strangeness is a fascinating, important subject.
And the silence by a non-investigating media – as our disinterested citizenry – is deafening.
Maybe now is the time to get informed: Download a copy of “Americas Dumbest Doctors” today. It just might save the life of someone you care about.
* United States Department of Justice Data Bank & Press Releases
In the city of Dayton a Montgomery County jury has found an emergency room doctor guilty of 13 sex-related charges, including the rapes of four different girls, voyeurism and stalking.
Doctor Keith D. Goldblum, age 59, was convicted on all counts, which involved four different girls who stayed overnight during his daughter’s sleepovers.
The Common Pleas jury returned the verdict after deliberating over three days.
According to District Attorney Matthew Heck, the four girls were friends of Goldblum’s daughter and the sexual assaults happened over the course of a full decade, starting in 2002. Heck was able to prove that two of the girls had been assaulted multiple times.
Goldblum was affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital inn Dayton. He is scheduled to be sentenced July 10 and faces the possibility of a life sentence.
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In Eastern Tennessee an Indian physician and his wife have been arrested on a federal warrant because investigators discovered the pair routinely bought foreign, unapproved drugs and then administered them to unknowing cancer patients at their clinic.
The indictment alleges the Sens, through their business, the East Tennessee Cancer & Blood Center, dealt in misbranded drugs, illegally imported drugs and conspiracy.
The U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Tennessee revealed that illegal billings were submitted to Medicare, TennCare and other health payors, claiming that all drugs being administered to cancer patients were approved by the Federal Drug Administration, when exactly the opposite was true.
The trial for the couple is scheduled to begin in early September.
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This Indian-born physician emigrated to the U.S. after graduating from Maulana Azad Medical College, at Delhi University in 1972. As so many thousands of other foreign doctors, Sen quickly learned that U.S. physician oversight is laughably weak. Had the doctor and his wife not gotten so greedy, they might never have been caught. Regardless that this physician put many patients at risk in order to enlarge his personal wealth, you can rest assured that he will receive the bare minimum punishment, and he will assuredly NEVER be deported.
The U.S. does not deport criminal doctors. We spank their wrists; quietly relicense them; allow them to treat patients again, and hide their crimes from the public.
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by Jill Provost
NIGHTMARE doctor stories: we’ve all got them. I once had a doctor, whom I had just met, tell me I “have an amazing pelvis,” while elbow-deep in my nether regions. Another physician, during my first and last visit, offered to come over to my place to help me conduct my monthly breast exams.
So, it’s no shocker that a new Healthgrades survey found that 50 percent of Americans have felt like they made the wrong choice when choosing a doctor or hospital.
Even though most of those polled ranked picking a doctor second only to selecting a spouse, most of us spend more time researching our next big appliance purchase than the doctor who’s going to check us out or slice us open. According to the survey, 42 percent of Americans spend 10 or more hours researching a car, while 34 percent spend less than one hour finding a physician.
According to physician and medical expert Archelle Georgiou, M.D., most of us choose our medical care by convenience: Are they close to my home or office; how soon can I get an appointment? While these are important factors, Dr. Georgiou says we need to go one step further by evaluating the physician or facility for quality. While safety records aren’t available for doctors, Georgiou says the great equalizer in choosing a primary care physician (or any doctor) is whether or not they’re board-certified. Anyone who graduates from medical school becomes and M.D., explains Georgiou. But to become board-certified, a doctor must spend several years after medical school getting supervised, in-practice training and pass an exam that verifies their competence.
The other thing we consistently forget to do is our homework in choosing the hospital for a procedure, says Georgiou. According to the Healthgrades report, a patient’s choice in hospitals strongly influences their odds of complications and even their very survival.
You can have the very best surgeon and still experience complications if the hospital isn’t well-staffed or organized. “So much of the procedure’s outcome has to do with the skills in the operating room,” says Georgiou, but how well the staff takes care of you after surgery is just as important in preventing complications.
These complications, which largely determine a hospital’s death rate, can be due to medication errors; inattentive patient care; surgical errors or anesthesia problems; and infections due to poor hygiene practices. Georgiou recommends checking the mortality and readmission rates for the hospital where you plan to have your surgery. “So many individuals don’t realize they have a choice. Their insurance always covers more than one hospital, and doctors almost always have more than one hospital that they’re affiliated with.”
As for the time-honored practice of asking your friends if they have a doctor they’d recommend, Georgiou says that’s a great starting point. Generally, those doctors have a good communication style, which is important, she says, “because the really good doctors are the ones who really listen to you.”
From there, you can check their quality of care on any of these sites listed on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ web site.
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MedicalMiscreants thanks Jill Provost for her continued patient awareness articles.
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Keep in mind these are many of the same people who want you to panic every flu season. There are trillions being made on the fears of the citizenry.
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Doctor Ray D. Howell, who has been in prison since last year when he was found guilty of trading narcotics for sexual favors, is asking that his sentence be commuted.
Howell, age 58, of Roachdale, was sentenced in June 2012 to a four-year term in the Indiana Department of Corrections by Putnam Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley.
But now Howell’s attorney, Jay Clifford, is petitioning for a sentence reduction, arguing that the doctor suffers from dementia and that his condition is getting worse. Clifford reports that since Howell’s sentencing, his condition “has deteriorated significantly.”
Howell was taken into custody in October 2011 following a two-year investigation that proved the doctor was over-prescribing narcotics in exchange for sexual trysts with a number of female patients. According to the prosecution, these encounters routinely took place at the clinic run by Howell called the Tri-County Family Medical Clinic in Roachdale. In the year 2009 for example, records show Howell wrote more than 11,000 sham prescriptions for narcotics.
At his sentencing, Judge Headley told the errant physician this:
“You caused drug addictions to people. One of your victims was a pregnant patient who ended up delivering a drug-addicted baby.”
Here’s another view of this case: http://www.journalreview.com/news/article_149e9eee-fab5-11e0-a86b-001cc4c002e0.html
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