Just in time for Halloween, three doctors in Rome were convicted for running what is now called the "clinic of horrors". The hospital's chief surgeon got over 15 years in prison for his work which included unneeded operations, including amputations, on 83 patients at the Santa Rita clinic in Milan with the aim of getting large reimbursements from the state health system. Other examples include:
- Several women had breast surgery for what were only cases of inflammation, not cancer.
- One patient had lung surgery instead of a thyroid operation.
- An elderly man had part of a lung and lymph nodes removed as he recovered from pneumonia at the hospital.
- An 83-year-old woman with a pain in her chest had part of a lung removed when it was jut pneumonia.
Greed is a bad thing. Some doctors, who think they deserve more money, may be inclined to do more procedures as was found above. This is so sad but it is human nature. As our healthcare system is pushed towards a socialized system like in Italy, you may wonder if we will have the same types of travesties? The truth is that since our system has paid so much more for procedure based medicine, we already do. See this article about a family doc DO in NY. Scaaarrry!!!