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13 Bizarre Healthcare Stories

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 7, 2011

Wheeler's wife told the nurse the ID bracelet the hospital put on her husband was for somebody else, but the nurse allegedly ignored her. Wheeler dressed, ripped the IV from his arm and started to leave, when the nurse called security guards who allegedly restrained, cursed and berated him. "He was taken to a hospital, which really should be a house of healing, and he got there and it turned into a house of horrors for him," Bryan Dugan, Wheeler's attorney, told News4.

6.Disgraced Healthcare Exec Wins Florida Governor's Race
A whistleblower in the Columbia/HCA fraud case told the Naples (FL) News in August that Rick Scott should have known of billing practices at his hospitals that cheated the federal government out of millions of dollars. "He was a fairly hands-on CEO," said John Schilling, a former reimbursement supervisor in the Fort Myers division office. "He should have known being CEO of a multibillion-dollar company. He should have known what is on his balance sheet." Scott was forced to resign in 1997 shortly after the FBI began widespread raids of Columbia/HCA offices. Ultimately, the largest for-profit hospital chain in the United States paid a record $1.7 billion in criminal and civil fines for Medicare fraud. In television ads and on the campaign trail, Scott repeatedly said he takes responsibility for what happened at the company and says he learned from it. A slim majority of voters apparently believed Scott, and elected him Florida governor in November.

7. Judges Give Golf Injury Suit the Hook
The Associated Press reports that a New York State appeals court in December tossed out a personal injury lawsuit filed by a physician who'd lost an eye when his physician-golfing buddy hit him with an errant golf ball. Physicians Anoop Kapoor and Azad Anand were playing on a nine-hole Long Island course in 2002 when Anand was hit in the head while looking for his ball on a fairway, blinding him in one eye. The seven judges on the state Court of Appeals, siding with lower courts, said Kapoor's failure to yell in advance of his errant shot from the rough did not amount to intentional or reckless conduct. "The manner in which Anand was injured — being hit without warning by a 'shanked' shot while one searches for one's own ball — reflects a commonly appreciated risk of golf," the judges wrote.

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usausa (1/13/2011 at 3:01 PM)
I personally knew a physician (30 years ago) who was ran out of 5 states for the improper administration of "chelation therapy" for arteriosclerosis, Medicare fraud and insurance fraud. When the IRS caught up with him he tried to run the 2 agents over with his car. Just because MD is behind their name doesn't mean they can't do really strange things!! Another physician rigged bombs in his own home and then forgot and exploded one himself! Must have been one of the first Alzheimer's patients!! LOL