Published On: Thu, Apr 18th, 2013

Two medical specialists indicted

HospitalWILLEMSTAD - The Healthcare Inspectorate filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor against two medical specialists working in Curacao. The indictment refers to fraud and falsification of medical records and surgery room lists. According to the Health Inspector, these medical specialist also falsified financial declarations to insurance companies. The Association of Curaçao Medical Specialists announced this yesterday in a letter that was made ​​public.

The complaint was filed since April 12 of this year. Inspector for Healthcare Jan Huurman regrets this publication. Huurman stated that he will not give the details of the charges and the names of the medical specialists.

Two months ago, the inspector announced that he knew about the fraud.  According to Huurman this fraud has been going on for years and it was done in a structural manner. Besides the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) as paying agent, patients were also affected. The accused ones, namely the medical specialists, conducted surgeries, which normally requires research beforehand, but they did not carry these out. The patient paid in cash because the surgery was not included in the insurance package. The specialists then declared another surgery, which was included in the insurance package and was therefore received double payment for this patient.

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