The victim of medical fraud later discovered the hospital was one of the two temporary “special” training centers set up to train the local initial training swarm of surgeons and were grabbing up every warm body they could con onto the operating table to meet their training needs.
In the initial training frenzy of L.C. the greed-crazed ER doctors making the referrals wanted that “referral fee” so badly they were referring people for gallbladder surgery for things like a fall. One woman I know fell and bruised her ribs, went to the ER and got referred for gallbladder surgery–when she had no symptoms whatsoever. Several hospitals would pull this trick: they’d admit people from the ER for any reason at all then once admitted they’d tell them they “needed” their gallbladder out and told them if they refused to go through with it nobody would sign their release form–and if nobody signed their release form then they would have to leave “against medical advice” and therefore they would have to pay for the overnight stay out of their own pocket instead of their insurance paying for it–so why not just go ahead with the surgery instead so they wouldn’t get stuck for the huge bill run up on them? Pure evil.
But the weirdest story I ever heard came from the sister of the below patient, : she had her gallbladder removed 20 years prior by the old, open method. She went to an ER for something else and the ER doctor was so eager to gather referrals (and the fee) that he referred her for gallbladder surgery! If he had even done a basic check he would have seen her big scar.
The patient suffered Bile Duct injury, which was in turn covered up