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13 Bizarre Healthcare Stories

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 7, 2011

8. Discredited Doctor Deals Death Down Under
Weird medicine is practice all over the world. The Australian newspaper reported in November on the disappearance of a discredited Austrian doctor Hellfried Sartori, who used the industrial solvent DMSO to treat cancer. The bizarre therapy had been linked to at least five deaths, including that of a 42-year old breast cancer patient who'd travelled from New York for the treatments, and who'd vomited a green fluid before she was admitted to a hospital and died. Sartori reportedly is now acting as a consultant for a wellbeing retreat in Columbia.

9. Former USVI Hospital CEO Arrested Again for Fraud
Already convicting in 2009 for falsifying his government job application, Rodney E. Miller, the former CEO of the Roy Lester Schneider Medical Center in the US Virgin Islands was rearrested by federal authorities in March for allegedly presenting false evidence during that trial. Miller was charged with one count of Preparing False Evidence, one count of Offering False Documents in Evidence and one count of Attempted Fraudulent Claims Upon the Government. A Department of Justice investigation revealed that during his February 2009 trial on a charge of Filing Fraudulent Claims Upon the Government, Miller – who'd lied about his service in the U.S. Navy -- tried to present a fake military ID card as evidence.

10. EMTs Pay Real Money for Fake Certification
The Boston Globe reported in May that at least 200 emergency medical technicians and paramedics in Massachusetts and New Hampshire have been practicing without legitimate certification, paying for fake credentials, rather than receiving medical training. An ongoing investigation has so far determined that training companies illegally authorized state credentials for first responders in at least a dozen communities, state officials told the newspaper. 

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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