Cancer doctor gave needless chemo in $35M fraud, prosecutors say

Investigators say a popular doctor in Michigan with more than thousand patients was telling people they had cancer even when they didn’t, then treating them, all for the money. Prosecutors say he was giving chemotherapy to people who didn’t need it, some of whom didn’t have cancer at all, as part of an alleged $35 million fraud.

Dr. Farid Fata, a trusted oncologist, preyed on patients to pad his pockets, prosecutors say. Just last week the FBI hauled evidence from his offices in upscale Michigan neighborhoods. The charges against Fata are disturbing: “deliberate misdiagnosis of patients as having cancer,” giving “unnecessary chemotherapy,” even to “end-of-life patients who will not benefit.”

Read more:  http://www.today.com/news/cancer-doctor-gave-needless-chemo-35m-fraud-prosecutors-say-6C10913890

The sickness of our private healthcare services

“If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practise my art, respected by all humanity and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my life.”
– The Hippocratic Oath

It would have cost the local patients an arm and a leg to receive treatment in these hospitals but Mary said, “If the service is compatible with the amount I pay for, why not? The problem with the private hospitals here is that I’m not even getting the value for my money.”

Read more: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/lim-ka-ea/article/the-sickness-of-our-private-healthcare-services

Nearly 10,000 die yearly due to smoking

About 10,000 people in Malaysia lose their lives due to tobacco smoking each year, said Dr Amer Siddiq Amer Nordin, a coordinator of the Nicotine Addiction Research & Collaborating Centre (NARCC), the nicotine addiction research group of the University Malaya Centre of Addiction Sciences (UMCAS).

Describing it as alarming, he said the figure might only be the tip of the iceberg.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/10/07/nearly-10000-die-yearly-due-to-smoking/