The Physician Crime-wave Never Stops. It Never Even Slows Down

July 3, 2014

Ho-Hum. Another Week – Another 50 Doctors Convicted of Major Crimes

What does Obama Care have to say about these characters? Nothing

Yes, 50 doctors per week; 210 is the average for a typical month. These jaw-dropping numbers are the sad “normal” in American healthcare. No other profession generates such preposterous volume of crime. Here are but a few medical miscreants in court over the past seven days:

Walayat Khan MD, age 66 of Ypsilanti Michigan – Guilty, $7,000,000 health care scam

Dr Donald Wagoner

Donald Wagoner MD, age 78 of Kokomo Indiana – 30-year sentence, Drug dealing from his Wagoner Medical Clinic offices

Leland G. Whitson MD, age 57 of Long Beach California – Guilty, $46,000,000 insurance theft

Dr Leland G Whitson

Victor Bruce MD, age 49  of Las Vegas – Convicted, Narcotic Drug Trafficking

Dr Victor Bruce

 

Georges Bensimhon MD, age 67 of Cleveland Ohio – Guilty, Attempted Murder of Doctor Seth Hoffer

Dr Georges Bensimhon

Adelina Herrero MD, age 72 of Ann Arbor Michigan – Guilty, $1,382,000 insurance theft in home health visit scam

Martin MacNeill MD, age 58 of Provo Utah – in court for a hearing regarding his wife Murder conviction

Dr Martin MacNeill

 

John Maye MD, age 59 of Buffalo New York – Convicted, Narcotic Drug Distribution over the internet to 12,000 people he never met

Dr John Maye

Andrew Osborne MD, age 50 of Dothan Alabama – Guilty, Wife Beating

Dr Andrew Osborne

Doron Feldman MD, age 54 of Rochester New York – Convicted of Stealing $630,000 in fraudulent billing

Mark Tuan Le MD, age 55 of Charlotte North Carolina – Convicted, 7 counts of Fraud and theft of $6,200,000

Dr Oscar P Gosien

Oscar Gosien MD, age 74 of Oak Hill West Virginia – 35-year sentence, trading narcotics for sex with patients

210 doctor convictions per month. Happy to do the math for you: That’s 10 Guilty verdicts for every court calendar date of the year.

What other profession carves such a monstrous swathe of destruction through an otherwise intelligent society?

None. Not a one.

Just makes you proud to call yourself an American, doesn’t it?

And people wonder why we wrote the book . . .

Sadder than expected; funnier than it ought to be

 

 

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Fox News Airs “Paramedic Heretic” Revelations: ‘Beware! Danger at the Doctor’

 

 

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“We are indebted to ‘The Paramedic Heretic’ author Patrick McDonald, for advising us of his important research.” (Fox News Anchors Bill Hemmer & Martha MacCallum)

Fox News special report,“Beware! Danger at the Doctor”  airs Saturday, June 25 at 5:00 pm PST; Sunday, June 26 at 6:00pm PST.

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“Sadder than expected. Funnier than it ought to be.”

 

Joseph J. Neuschatz M.D. said this:

Dr Joseph J Neuschatz“My life as an anesthesiologist was very similar to the life of airline pilots: hours and hours of boredom, interrupted by moments of terror. The induction of anesthesia was equivalent to the take-off, its maintenance represented the flight and the emergence from anesthesia, compared to the landing. The major difference? TIME! Being on time is more important in operating rooms than in airports. Our “travelers” wait for their “take-offs” on empty stomachs.

I worked with all kind of surgeons: some who were always on time, some who were never on time and a few who were on time, from time to time. But, and please believe me, I even worked with a surgeon who did time. How come? For the simple reason that, soon after his divorce and remarriage, he sank his boat and burned his house, for the insurance money!

I was always under the impression that putting a doctor in jail was a rare event. My opinion changed recently when I discovered this book. The encyclopedia of doctor’s misbehavior.

For me, it was a very interesting and a very painful read.

BUT…. THANK GOD, I AM NOT LISTED INSIDE!”

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Loma Linda University Med School: a Student Doctor’s Request

Mr. McDonald:

“You do a stand-up job of showing us interns the stunning negatives of our chosen profession. And believe me, we are paying attention. But in the meantime, would you mind showing the beauty of our medical school? Because our recent graduating class is quite proud of it. Thank you.”

Len.

Absolutely, Len. You have much to be proud of. And here it is:

 

 

Disruptive Behavior Caught on Tape: Time to Finally Stop Misbehaving Docs

Ilene MacDonald

Medical journalist Ilene MacDonald

One year ago this week, we were forwarded the following article, written by medical reporter Ilene MacDonald in FierceHealthcare. We felt strongly enough by what she had to say that we responded.

The article:

You may have missed a story in FierceHealthcare this week about a lawsuit involving an anesthesiologist’s shocking behavior in the operating room.

Shocking because the tirade, which was accidentally caught on tape, featured an outrageous and, frankly disgusting, exchange between Tiffany Ingham, MD, and her surgical team, in which she called the unconscious patient a “retard” and a “wimp” and also speculated that he was gay due to his alma mater, the University of Mary Washington, a former women’s college. 

The patient, an unnamed Virginia man, didn’t intend to record the conversation. He had hoped to capture the doctor’s post-discharge instruction via a cellphone recording, but accidentally taped the entire examination because his clothing was put under the operating table. Imagine his surprise when he fully awoke from his stupor to hear the physician and surgical team he entrusted would care for him, instead insult him, express a desire to punch him in the face, and deliberately misdiagnose him.

The incident is appalling on so many levels, but the idea that a provider would falsify medical reports and the patient safety risks that are inherent in this kind of disruptive and distracted behavior, are especially so. 

The jury was also offended by the unprofessional behavior. Their verdict: Ingham (who no longer works at the Aisthesis anesthesia practice in Bethesda, Maryland and has since moved to Florida, according to the Washington Post) must pay her former patient $500,000 for defamation, medical malpractice and punitive damages.

One of the jurors told the Post that Ingham didn’t have much of a defense because the entire conversation was on tape. Although there was some disagreement among the panel as to how much the patient should be awarded, the jury finally decided “that we have to give him something, just to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.”

I’d like to think that the public slap on the wrist and the payout would be enough to stop disruptive behavior among doctors. But the fact is, the industry has long put up with this trash talk and bullying behavior. A December 2014 study in JAMA found that of 523 physician leaders and 321 staff physicians, 71% witnessed disruptive behavior in the previous month and 26% were disruptive at one time in their career.

“Why does the industry put up with it? Last year FierceHealthcare reported that many hospitals don’t do anything about the problem because troublesome physicians often generate a lot of revenue.”

But Michael A. Carome, M.D., director of health research at the nonprofit consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen, in the District of Columbia, told Syracuse.com at the time of that report that the bad behavior is a patient safety risk. “When we allow bad physicians to remain in practice, that can ultimately expose hundreds if not thousands of patients to substandard and unprofessional care,” he said.

It’s time hospitals finally adopt a zero-tolerance policy for bad behavior–and let’s hope the $500,000 judgment (small money really) amidst a consumer-driven movement in healthcare will finally be the wake-up call the industry needs.

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Our response:

Please tell us you’re kidding. “Wake-up call?”

We happen to investigate physician misbehavior for a living. That’s why we hold just under 16,000 names in our files over a mere 12-year time span – a sobering number of whom are documented by the NPDB as “Dangerous or Questionable.” A large percentage of those in prison for Murder or Rape, Kidnapping, Drug running, Bank robbing, outrageous Healthcare Fraud, Prescription Scams and filming their nude patients, were already ‘disruptive physicians’ who – like punky 8th graders – were allowed to graduate to greater fun & games. And they did.

Garbage behavior doesn’t spawn itself overnight.

How serious is health care in weeding out their own 3% lunatic fringe? In our view: not very. Not, for example, as long as they are willing to actually relicense physicians who kill their wives. Who could be surprised they might simultaneously continue to tacitly approve throwing sharp objects; filming their staff in the bathrooms and groping nurses?

Do some homework: the typical MD arrested for anything, has been acting like a chimp on chocolate for years.

The ugly reality is, our healthcare juggernaut exhibits an appalling indifference to the swathe of carnage it carves through society. It is far, far too impressed with it’s own successes, to fret over its foibles. Try looking at it this way for just 30 seconds:

American medicine will (almost assuredly) kill 2,000,000 citizens by the year 2035.

Now, you may want to go back and ogle all those zeros.

How excited do you expect them to get, really, over the little things – like insulting unconscious patients (as the unnamed patient in this case) or snapping selfies with an unconscious, nearing-death celebrity? (as evidently happened in the Joan Rivers case)

You’ll forgive our lack of ability to conjure up a convincing shocked-face.

We do thank you for the article.

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How Long Will You Live? How Long Might You Live, if You Were Born Somewhere Else?

What’s the good news for today? Well, Americans live longer than most. Want the really freaky news? You’d live a lot longer in 42 other countries.

Of course, not many other countries sport a healthcare system that kills 4,000 people a week. But we’ll stick to fun-facts for today’s lesson.

The  year – they say – was 1512, when wily adventurer Ponce de León was prepping his Spanish sailing ship to head off to parts unknown. He was in search of a mythical land rumored to possess bubbling waters – waters that were said to guarantee perpetual youth. All you had to do was drink some of it. 

PONCE de LeonSo off they went, those gutsy boys, and De Leon and his crew explored nooks & crannies of the Caribbean sea; islands which dotted the East Atlantic; all up and down the Florida coastline. All to no avail. They ended up returning to Spain with not a drop of magical water in their barrels.  The Fountain of Youth – wherever it was – was no place they could find. De Leon obviously wasn’t looking in the right place. For anyone interested, we found it when we were 14 years old. It happens to be located in Imperial Valley, California, along the North Shore of the Salton Sea. Who knows? Maybe that’s why we’ve been blessed with surprisingly good health. We swam in an awful lot of its water.

Fast forward to our modern era. Did you know that America’s premier super-spy outfit – the CIA – does much the same thing as Ponce de Leon? Oh, they don’t use ships. They use computer data. And then they assemble their findings – at least those they are willing to share – into the nifty resource they like to call The World Factbook.

Yes indeed. The  Central Intelligence Agency has hundreds of folks right this minute, pouring  through every death certificate on the planet. They  track the causes of death, the gender, the race and a dozen other factors. All of which is compiled to allow them to determine the life expectancy of the entire population of every nation on earth. Their current opinion is that the average life expectancy of the world’s total population is 67.5 years. It is the good old CIA, who determines which of the earth’s societies live longer

In the USA, the average life expectancy is 78.5 years – considerably better than  the world’s norm. Most experts attribute this to clean water; better sewage disposal, and advanced medical developments, which can quickly handle conditions that used to kill folks early in life. Meanwhile, nations without advanced medical care report a much shorter life expectancy. As a stark example, people in the Republic of Chad, in central Africa, generally only live until their mid-40s.

So yes, Americans – if they are not shot by a maniac; crunched in high-speed cars on the roadways or killed by errant healthcare – tend to live into their late 70s. But the ugly reality is we rank 43rd on the life-expectancy list. According to the World Factbook, we have a long, long way to go, to come close to the Top 10 nations in longevity. Just for fun, let’s take a look at the healthiest societies in the Solar System:

  1. Italy: Life Expectancy: 81.8 years

Italians live 3 years and 4 months longer than Americans. Many experts draw a connection between their longevity and diet, which is more than just pasta, meat, and cheese. The Mediterranean diet lowers the tendency for all kinds of diseases. The antioxidants found in olive oil and red wine, for example, lower cholesterol; prevent blood clots, prevent heart disease. Italians also consume spices like basil, oregano, and garlic to flavor their cuisine, while Americans depend heavily on salt. As such, Italians improve their odds against high blood pressure and stroke.

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  1. Australia: Life Expectancy: 82 years

Australia’s long life expectancy can be attributed to several factors, including low obesity and a very active lifestyle by its citizens. But many experts say just as important is their very high-quality healthcare. Of course Aussies almost never shoot each other, either, so that certainly helps

  1. Hong Kong: Life Expectancy: 82 years

Hong Kong residents can expect to live 4 years longer than Americans. Like Italians, Hong Kong folks can partially attribute their longer lives to their diet –rice, vegetables, and tofu – and an active lifestyle. Hong Kong Chinese experience  a far lower obesity level than the United States, and thus, far fewer obesity-related maladies, such as diabetes.

  1. Guernsey: Life Expectancy: 82 years and 4 months

A tiny island  nation in the English Channel, Guernsey is not part of England. Guernsey residents live longer because – thanks to Guernsey’s very low taxes and high-paying jobs – they have more money than most; they are highly civilized towards each other; they have practically no crime; no out-of-control immigrant population; excellent healthcare and great food.

  1. Andorra: Life Expectancy: 82 years and 6 months

Let us guess: You’ve never heard of Andorra, have you? Well they seldom make the world news because they know how to run a country without chaos and they mind their own business. They almost never tell other countries what to do, even though they certainly could.

There are many reasons why Andorrans outlive almost everybody else. First, this tiny nation – tucked between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains – pushes an active, outdoor lifestyle. Residents actually use hiking trails and ski resorts and terrific parks system. They spend a lot of time outside, which lowers stress levels and consequently, cardiovascular conditions like high blood pressure. It certainly doesn’t hurt that 100% of Andorra’s population is educated. High education levels account for Andorra’s very low unemployment rate. So Andorrans can afford high-quality nutrition and healthcare.

  1. San Marino: Life Expectancy: 83 years and 1 month

Europe’s 3rd smallest country – only Monaco and the Vatican are smaller – has a life expectancy that bests the USA by 4 years and 6 months. One major reason is San Marino’s work environment. Located on the Italian peninsula, San Marino’s main industries are banking and tourism, with most Sammarinese working in offices.

  1. Singapore: Life Expectancy: 83 years and 8 months

Great food and a terrific environment contribute to the long lives, in this fast-paced city-state, located on the southern edge of the Malaysian Peninsula. Singapore’s dinner tables center on rice and vegetables, which are rich in nutrients that help keep residents healthy. Singapore’s government also demands  a strict code of public behavior. Illegal drug use is absolutely not tolerated, nor are fights, nor are firearms. In the 1980s the government recognized that the nation’s population was aging steadily, and with careful planning, Singapore now features excellent healthcare facilities and programs for the elderly.

  1.  Japan: Life Expectancy: 83 years and 10 months

The Japanese have a right to brag, even though they don’t.  They have a stunningly low  obesity population of 3%.  In the United States we are rapidly approaching 60%. Much of the credit, again, is the food they eat: fresh vegetables, rice, and most importantly, fish. Fresh fish is a rich source of omega-3 acids, which promote healthy blood pressure levels and reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks. In addition, omega-3 acids encourage healthy brain function, helping prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s. The Japanese also make healthier lifestyle choices: they like to walk.

  1. Macau: Life Expectancy: 84 years and 3 months

Macau can point to its excellent economy. But why this tiny nation in the South China Sea is so prosperous might surprise you: Gambling is their main source of revenue, and 70% of the money generated by their casinos is invested by the Macau government into public healthcare and law enforcement. There is also absolutely no tolerance for misbehavior in public.

  1. Monaco: Life Expectancy: 89 years and 7 months

Residents of Monaco live, on average, 11 years longer than the typical American. Monaco shares several aspects with other long-living nations, including an abundance of wealth and excellent healthcare. Monacans also live on a Mediterranean diet. But many say it’s Monaco’s relaxing atmosphere that keeps residents young. Its location along the Mediterranean Sea and clean environment do their part to reduce stress, which can lower immunity and contribute to cardiovascular diseases.

Ponce de León never found any of these places. Pity.

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Have a healthy week, readers. And thank you for buying our books. that’s what makes this website possible.

 

 

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The Strange Case of Doctor Nomophobe: You’re More Like Him Than You Think

Our cell phone obsessive behavior is rapidly approaching the status of a mental disorder.

Dr Frank Ryan

Dr Frank Ryan

So we have a brand new word now. Yep. Nomophobia.  What, never heard of it? Trust us. You will. It’s a real word. It’s one we didn’t need at all back in the old days – like as ridiculously far back as . . . oh, 2010. And I can promise you this: it ain’t going away.

NO – (as in “no”) MO – (for “mobile phone” of course) – PHOBIA. yeah, you guessed it. Chances are, you already have it. The “disease” I mean.

Nomophobia is yet another term we American nitwits need to create, in order to keep up with our mental disorders. You see, nomophobia allows us to accommodate our ever-expanding litany of freak-outs. In this case, the growing tendency to panic, in today’s world, over the fear of being without mobile phone contact, for more than maybe 5 seconds.

And the percentage of the population who are full-on, dyed-in-the-wool nomophobics already is exploding into a modern day, societal mind-bend.

Among high school and college students, for example, one can surmise that 75% already will tell us they sense a very palpable emotional reaction, whenever their cell phones are out of reach for more than a few minutes.

A recent survey revealed that many college students now shower with their cell phones. You betcha. Right there in the rain closet – just to the left of the soap. You just never know when you might miss an important call, like . . . maybe from the White House. Gotta be ready at all times. If President Obama’s personal text ever asks, “dude, wher u at?” – well then, you’ll be able to report to POTUS the status of your hygiene routine. National Security might need to know. You could be on the bathtub watch list.

Typical teenagers report they would rather lose a finger than a cell phone.

A Cosmo poll revealed half of the females under 20 surveyed, said it’s cell phone first, boyfriend second – when escaping a burning building. Priorities, you know.

An ever-growing number of us would far rather text or Tweet, than actually have to “talk” – you know, as in communicate the way humans always have – with friends.

Nomophobia is everywhere. The word itself was coined in England six years ago, when a study found even back then, 54% of mobile phone users in Britain became extremely anxious when their batteries die, or they temporarily lose their network signal.

The study sampled more than 2,000 Brits – most of whom reported that keeping in touch with friends or family was the main reason that they got anxious when they could not use their mobile phones. The study compared stress levels induced by the average case of nomophobia to be on par with wedding day jitters and surgery.

Since those little studies – in America, anyway – the situation has grown far worse.

Three teenage girls so far, have murdered their mothers, after being grounded and having their cell phones taken. Three. Murders.

76% – 3 out of every 4 people you see in the mall – sleep next to their smart phones. Among high school and college students, it’s more likely 90%.

35% confessed to answering their cell phone during intimate times with their significant other. One in five people would rather go without shoes for a week than take a break from their phone. That’s called trading your soul for soles.

More than half of us never turn our phones off.

So, we surmise 75% of all of us suffer from nomophobia, and soon it will be 90%.

Our own personal guiding light is this: technology should be our slave, and not the other way around. So here’s your ever-so-simple, have-a-happy-weekend, test:

Go into your bedroom in the morning. Toss your cell phone onto the middle of your big soft bed. Leave. Go live your day, for God sakes.

When you get back to the room at night for bedtime – check your messages. Easy.

Because if you can’t even do that – You’re already a goner.

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In keeping with the basic premise of our website, after all, here’s a story that kind of sums it all up:

Meanwhile, a Deadly Doctor Pratfall 6 Years Ago This Summer . . .

It was mid-August, 2010 when Doctor Frank Ryan, the well-known cosmetic surgeon in Hollywood, decided he was smart enough to do a little texting while maneuvering his Jeep along a Malibu cliff. Unfortunately, he wasn’t. Los Angeles Police investigators later informed the Ryan family that at the time of his death, the famous physician was Tweeting out comments about his dog as he rounded some pretty treacherous curves.

You just can’t make this stuff up. Well, actually we could. But with all the tweeked  physician misbehavior going on . . . why would we have to?

Ryan, age 50, was driving a Jeep Wrangler that day, which suddenly veered off Pacific Coast Highway on a Monday afternoon and flipped down an embankment covered with boulders, toward the ocean. The Jeep landed on its roof, and Ryan was declared dead as the result of severe head trauma, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Rescuers were unable to remove the body from the destroyed vehicle

Investigators determined his death was accidental. (photo by TMZ)

In January of the same year, Ryan became the subject of much medical criticism when actress Heidi Montag stated in an interview that the doctor had performed 10 cosmetic surgeries on her in a single, one-day surgery. The operations included liposuction, nose work and breast implants and more.

When asked by reporters whether such extensive plastic surgery work in one session was safe, Ryan said, “My first concern is for the safety of the patient, so I would never push the envelope. Heidi’s a young, healthy girl; she was cleared medically. It was well within the realm of safety.”

Dr Frank Ryan and Heidi

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1332511/Heidi-Montag-blames-dead-Dr-Frank-Ryan-plastic-surgery-addiction.html