Recently, people in the Chicago area were shocked by the revelation that a women’s healthcare provider had allegedly been committing healthcare fraud for several years. On March 14, 2023, a federal grand jury indicted Dr. Mona Ghosh on 13 counts of fraud. The doctor, who owned and operated a clinic in Hoffman Estates known as Progressive Women’s Healthcare, S.C., has been charged with submitting numerous false claims to private insurance providers and government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. She is accused of obtaining nearly $800,000 in fraudulent payments.
While Dr. Ghosh may face serious penalties for committing fraud, what is even more troubling is how her alleged actions may have affected her patients. In addition to billing for services that were not actually provided, she is also accused of performing unnecessary medical treatments, including endometrial ablations and invasive tests such as endometrial biopsies and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases.
What Are the Options for Patients Who Received Unnecessary Medical Treatments?
Endometrial ablations are invasive procedures in which the lining of a patient’s uterus is removed through the application of extreme heat or cold, the use of electricity or microwaves, or other methods. This form of treatment may be used in situations where patients regularly experience heavy bleeding, but it carries a number of risks, including ongoing abdominal cramps, severe bleeding, infections, or damage to the uterus and other internal organs. When endometrial ablations are performed without a valid medical reason, patients may experience ongoing health issues, as well as emotional trauma.
Patients who received unnecessary medical treatment or tests from Dr. Ghosh may be able to pursue compensation through a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit. They may be able to receive compensation for multiple types of damages, including:
Medical expenses – Ongoing medical treatment may have been needed to address the effects of endometrial ablations or other unnecessary procedures. Patients may be compensated for the cost of these treatments, such as doctor visits, hospital stays, surgery, and medications.
Lost income – Due to the physical and emotional effects of unnecessary medical treatment, a patient may have been unable to work for a certain period of time, or they may even have experienced permanent disabilities that limited their ability to earn an income throughout the rest of their lives. Patients may seek compensation for the income that they were unable to earn while recovering, as well as impairment to their future income-earning capacity.
Pain and suffering – Patients may be able to pursue compensation for their physical pain, emotional distress, and other forms of suffering caused by unnecessary medical treatment. While determining the amount of money that will address pain and suffering is not always easy, compensation may address a variety of issues, including a person’s loss of enjoyment of life, damage to their relationships with their loved ones, and the impact that pain, discomfort, and emotional trauma has had on their daily life.
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