Investigators expose billion-dollar back surgery scam involving fake hardware

Two men in California exposed one of the largest cases of fraud in the history of the state. Bill Reynolds and Mark Sersansie discovered doctors were being paid to perform what some say were unnecessary spinal fusion surgeries. The scam involved doctors allegedly implanting counterfeit hardware into hundreds of patients

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+4 1. ughlah commented 16 days ago

What about all those patient who get the legit screws, but don’t need those operations. That is a tremendously bigger number.

As long as a doctor can prescribe a 100-200k dollar operation to finance his next porsche on a daily basis, what is his motivation to tell people that they have a higher chance of being free of pain with posture training and massages.

I‘m not claiming that there is noone who needs an operation, but there is thousands who don’t need it every single day.
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+1 2. Natan_el_Tigre commented 16 days ago

#1 True that, "Health Through Motion". 8-)
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0 3. thundersnow commented 16 days ago

Terrible, the unethical things people do for money....but what the f..ck have nurses to do with that 5:21?
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+2 4. bella1 commented 16 days ago

And a Doctor got a wopping 5 year sentence most likely out in 2 years on good behavior, meanwhile all his patients have a life sentence in pain. If that was me i would hunt him down and break his back so he could feel the pain and never walk again
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0 5. snotraddict commented 13 days ago

#3 Pretty simple really. If they're part of the "ring" then they'd have something to do with it especially if they knowingly participated and didn't let authorities know. I'm not aware, do nurses have some sort of gene that makes them less prone than the general population to be involved in something unscrupulous? ;)

As bad as this is, and it's really bad, a bigger and more costlier problem here in CA is the sober living scams. Since our state health plan Medi-Cal will cover the immediately, they pull people from all over the country, house them until the insurance runs out, then kicks them to the curb where the cycle starts all over again. It's one of the primary reasons our homelessness has skyrocketed in recent years.