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Surgeon convicted for bogus billing

TT/The Local · 8 Oct 2010, 07:25

Published: 08 Oct 2010 07:25 GMT+02:00

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The doctor ran a private clinic where she claimed to be treating patients with soft tissue tumor in the head and neck. For every patient she treated she billed county health authorities for 2,000 kronor in reimbursement.

But in reality the doctor was using light therapies to treat acne and warts.

Over a three-year period the woman’s fraudulent reimbursements totaled 7.7 million kronor, the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reports.

In addition, the treatments were often carried out by staff members without any formal medical training.

The Stockholm County Council, the elected body which manages the public health system, had suspicions about the clinic after it received a tip about its questionable practices.

Anne Rundquist, chief lawyer for the Council, said the conviction is unique.

“We’ve never had a case like this before. It’s a very clear ruling which shows gross violations of the reimbursement rules. And it concerns a large sum of money,” she told DN.

The district court agreed with arguments presented by prosecutors and sentenced the woman to four years in prison for aggravated fraud.

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Lars Engstrand, the doctor’s attorney, said he plans to appeal the ruling, claiming the evidence against his client is too thin.

“Even if there was enough (evidence) I still think that the punishment is way over what is considered appropriate,” he told the newspaper.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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08:51 October 8, 2010 by engagebrain
And the doctor's name and place of work ?
09:03 October 8, 2010 by hjoian
somebody HAS been convicted.....and TL still wont name names.....

On another issue, why,if there was suspisions on this doctors treatments was this allowed to go o for so long? I dont see this as much as fraud as local goverment not doing there job properly.....tax payers money being squandered yet again.
09:16 October 8, 2010 by salalah
Thank God that even Doctors get convicted. They think they can do whatever and not get caught...
09:18 October 8, 2010 by Rishonim
Had she killed one of her patient they would have handed her down a lighter sentence.
09:26 October 8, 2010 by RobinHood
If you look further down the page you will see that the leader of a violent and armed robbery of 39 million kronor, got three years. In Sweden it's not about what you steal, it's about who you steal it from.
10:42 October 8, 2010 by Audrian
Privatization of medical care will present more of the same problem. It is corrupt doctors and pharmaceuticals who will benefit most, not the patients. In the US, where such corruption is widespread the country pays about 16% of its GDP for medical care against socialized health care in Europe's about 8%, despite the fact health status in the later is much higher than the former. This is in addition to the 20% of US population that goes without any medical coverage.

In the case described about it took three years to catch the thief. Wait till the private medical care becomes bigger and the opportunity to steal becomes easier and see thieving becoming more numerous and formidable.
10:44 October 8, 2010 by engagebrain

1 doctor stole more than 7 million Krona, it took a whole team to steal the 39 million.
14:49 October 8, 2010 by RobinHood

Do you honestly believe a criminal sentence is calculated by dividing the penalty and proceeds between the number of participants in the crime?

Please say no, and then explain your post.
15:04 October 8, 2010 by engagebrain

The doctor stole a huge amount of money, money that would otherwise have been used for something worthwhile. Whether the money can be recovered is unclear from the article.

That she should spend a few years in jail is hardly surprising and that the sentence should reflect both the abuse of position and the amount stolen is quite reasonable. She also used untrained staff to provide medical treatments -with who knows what results.

Another massive waste is her training, the cost of which has in all probability been paid for by the state and for which the state will get no return. This assumes that she will be struck off and never work again.

7.7 million is the lifetime earnings of many people.

You appear to be defending the indefensible.
21:38 October 8, 2010 by stelmed
I bet 1000 Kr, her name is not swedish.
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