The most eggregious cases of Medical Malpractice occur when a Doctor performs an unnecessary medical procedure for money. Unfortunately, these cases are more prevelant
then one cares to imagine.
One case in particular was the subject of a CNBC special.
Dr. Michael Rosin received a 22-year federal prison sentence for defrauding Medicare by performing unnecessary surgeries on elderly patients from the Sarasota area. Rosin also was ordered to pay $48,866 to patients and $3.6 million to the Medicare trust fund. He had to forfeit another $3.7 million to the government.
865 elderly patients went under Rosin's surgical knife, even though biopsy slides seized from his office showed no sign of cancer or were in such poor shape they couldn't be read.
He diagnosed cancer on nearly every patient who came into his office, and almost always removed four layers of skin during surgeries. This, of course, is a statistical anomaly.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Ho said that abuse of the doctor-patient relationship is exactly what makes a long sentence necessary to send a message to the community.