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Report Finds Surgery Mistakes Have Harmed Hundreds of Florida Patients

The Florida Department of Health is filing a complaint against a Florida doctor who allegedly performed a wrong-site surgery on a patient. According to the complaint, the doctor operated on the wrong vertebra of a 77-year-old man. The man spent two weeks in a rehabilitation center recovering from injuries caused by the surgery. Similar preventable medical mistakes are happening more frequently in Florida. ABC Action News recently published an article with interviews from several victims of medical mistakes. According to a mother interviewed for the article, surgeons partially removed her 19-month-old son’s left testicle instead of correcting a hernia. Other stories mentioned in the article are much more serious. Last year, an Orlando doctor was fined $30,000 for placing a mechanical implant into the wrong heart valve of an 11-year-old boy. He died five weeks after the surgery and his family sued the hospital. More than 300 wrong-site surgeries in…
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Florida Doctor Misdiagnosed Patients for Profits

A Florida doctor guilty of misdiagnosing patients to defraud Medicare was sentenced to three years and ten months in prison. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the doctor is guilty of defrauding Medicare Advantage, a Medicare plan involving Humana HMOs (Humana is a health insurance company). The U.S. Attorney’s Office claims the doctor misdiagnosed patients with ankylosing spondylitis, a rare spine disease. Cases like this have happened before. In prior cases, doctors have misdiagnosed patients with cancer. Patients who are falsely diagnosed with cancer undergo chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Both treatments are harmful to healthy patients. Doctors who falsely diagnose patients with cancer are often guilty of fraud. Last year, a Detroit doctor subjected 500 of his patients to unnecessary chemotherapy. Some patients experienced life-threatening infections and other illnesses due to the chemotherapy treatments. Keep in mind, chemotherapy harms the immune system. Patients who did not need chemotherapy lost immune…
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