Doctor accused of fraud and misdiagnosing patients to fund 'opulent lifestyle' | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Doctor accused of fraud and misdiagnosing patients to fund 'opulent lifestyle'

Maria Zapata went to see Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada a little more than five years ago because one of her knees was bothering her. The rheumatologist told her that she had arthritis and that he'd give her injections "to strengthen the cartilage" in her knee, she said.

Her husband asked, "Why are you giving her so many injections?" The doctor reassured them that the treatment would help.
But Zapata, 70, of McAllen, Texas, said the medication didn't help and might have been making things worse: There was discoloration on her legs. Other doctors raised concern about the treatments, and her family doctor even told her she didn't have arthritis.
Zapata was not the only patient given treatment she might not have needed, according to a joint federal and local investigation.
A task force investigating Zamora-Quezada announced Monday that he was being indicted in a fraud case involving $240 million in claims that were in part based on "fraudulent statements" to be submitted to health care benefit programs, resulting in $50 million paid to the doctor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is far more common than you think.

When a doctor is prescribing a medication for you, one of the most uncomfortable - but necessary - questions you need to ask, is, is that doctor being compensated by the pharmaceutical corpration making the prescription drug they are prescribing?!?

The reason I say this, is that I got caught up in this, with a prescription given to me by my HMO, a number of years ago. But the issue that was causing the pain, for which I was prescribed the medication, was never resolved, which it could have been, with a chemical sensitivity test, which was never done, most probably because the physician who prescribed the drug was being compensated by the manufacturer of that drug.

Bless him, it took 40 minutes for Mike to identify what I was dealing with; I am horrifically allergic to formaldehyde precursors, and the presence of this chemical is ubiquitous in the US. Mike threw out every product in our home which contained this chemical, and within 24 hours, I was able to walk without pain for the first time in half a decade.

I took the supporting documentation back to my orthopod, and was more than a little angry that the chemical sensitivity test, which could have saved me so much pain, was never ordered, because a physician, who is no longer with my HMO, was literally profiting from my extreme discomfort.

Don't let yourself be a victim of this practice; ask, and tell your physician that you understand how common a practice it is, and how you are concerned that it might sway a physician's judgement, in the name of passive income.

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