Patients in Baltimore should be able to trust their medical providers to care for them in an ethical manner and do what is in the best interest of the patients. After all, when a person becomes a doctor, he or she takes the Hippocratic Oath, promising to treat patients with honesty.
A doctor in Baltimore seems to have violated this oath when he sought to enlarge his own pocketbook at the expense of his patients. Hundreds of medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed against the one-time cardiologist. Approximately 250 have already been settled.
In the latest case that began recently, a Baltimore businessman alleges that the cardiologist placed unnecessary stents in his heart. He had visited the doctor after suffering a heart attack. The cardiologist told him his arteries were severely blocked, something with which other experts disagree. The doctor told the man that if it was warranted, he would need to place stents in his heart in order to prop the vessels open. During the surgery, the doctor placed three stents, something that other cardiologists say was unnecessary.
As a result of his diagnosis of serious coronary artery disease, the man lessened his work responsibilities. He contends that as a result, he lost a minimum of $50 million.
The businessman did the right thing by holding this cardiologist responsible for performing what appears to be unnecessary interventions in order to make more money. Hopefully his lawsuit will enable him to be properly compensated for his pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Contentious start for lawsuit against Midei, St. Joseph,” Tricia Bishop, Oct. 4, 2013