The Criminalization of Medicine: America's War on Doctors / Edition 1
  • The Criminalization of Medicine: America's War on Doctors / Edition 1
  • The Criminalization of Medicine: America's War on Doctors / Edition 1

The Criminalization of Medicine: America's War on Doctors / Edition 1

by Ronald T. Libby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313345465

ISBN-13: 9780313345463

Pub. Date: 11/30/2007

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Medical doctors have been made political scapegoats for the financial crisis of healthcare and the failed war on drugs in the United States, says author Ronald Libby. In order to combat health fraud and abuse, the government launched tough new laws and guidelines designed to battle rising urban violent crimes, illegal drugs, and terrorism. But, by eliminating

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Medical doctors have been made political scapegoats for the financial crisis of healthcare and the failed war on drugs in the United States, says author Ronald Libby. In order to combat health fraud and abuse, the government launched tough new laws and guidelines designed to battle rising urban violent crimes, illegal drugs, and terrorism. But, by eliminating safeguards to protect the innocent, those same laws and guidelines also made it far easier for agents and prosecutors to arrest, charge, fine, convict, and imprison physicians. Current witch hunts for doctors now include wiretaps and whistleblowers who get 35 percent of the fines, even before conviction. Under a new doctrine of harmless error a doctor receives no protection against false testimony, Libby explains all of this, offering cases from media reports, personal interviews, and records of trial as examples in this compelling book. Huge law enforcement bureaucracies have been created to target doctors for alleged fraud, kickbacks, and drug diversion. Federal, state, and local police are rewarded for prosecuting doctors and other healthcare professionals, while investigators and prosecutors receive pay raises and promotions, and law enforcement agencies seize the assets of doctors charged with felonies. Libby explains that doctors are prosecuted for billing mistakes, for referring patients to clinics, or treating pain patients with pain-relieving drugs. They receive large fines and long prison sentences, some even harsher than those given common criminals who've committed the most violent offenses. Join Senior Research Fellow Libby, who is also a Professor of Political Science, as he shows us why doctors have been demonized as corrupt and greedy entrepreneurs, how media sensationalizes doctors' arrests, and what unjust prosecution could mean for the future of healthcare.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313345463
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2007
Series:
Praeger Series on Contemporary Health and Living Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,032,224
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword Julie Silver Silver, Julie

Preface

1 Introduction 1

2 Decline in the Status of Doctors: The Tragic Case of Dr. Benjamin Moore 7

3 Medical McCarthyism 19

4 Prosecuting Doctors: Sexual Harassment Payback and Creating Crimes 43

5 Judicial Prejudice, State Terrorism, and Forced Medication: The Cases of Jeffrey J. Rutgard, M.D., George O. Krizek, M.D., and Charles T. Sell, D.D.S. 69

6 Prosecutorial Overreach: Anti-Kickback Laws and the "Pinellas 14" 105

7 DEA Drug Warriors: Targeting Doctors as Drug Dealers 119

8 The Witch Hunt for "Drug-Dealing" Doctors: James Graves, M.D., and Frank Fisher, M.D. 141

9 DEA Show Trial: "Magical Moments" of the Comprehensive Care Conspiracy 169

10 Conclusion 181

Notes 185

Index 205

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