Three medical doctors who have admitted to colluding with patients in defrauding some NT$80 million (US$2.48 million) from insurance companies may have their licenses revoked and be expelled from the profession forever, medical officials said yesterday.
Yang Chao-jan, a physician with the Department of Health's (DOH) Keelung Hospital, Lai Teh-hsing, a surgeon with Yee Zen General Hosptial in Taoyuan County, and Wu Kuo-ching, a surgeon with St. Joseph's Hospital in Yunlin County, have been indicted by the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office for fraud, along with seven others who acted as patients, according to DOH Minister Yaung Chih-liang.
More medical workers remain under investigation in the same fraud case, which involves more than 10 health care institutions and could end up being the largest medical scandal in Taiwan's history, Yaung said at a news conference.
The accused doctors colluded with a fraud ring headed by a man identified as Fu Chien-sen, who since 2003 has orchestrated fake medical treatment records with doctored diagnoses and surgery reports to claim cancer payments from life insurance companies.
Shih Chung-liang, director of the DOH Bureau of Medical Affairs, said the three disgraced doctors and the seven fake patients have defrauded between NT$60 million and NT$80 million from insurance companies.
Other individuals still under investigation, including four doctors, may have defrauded another NT$100 million from insurers.
Yang Chao-jan has been given two major demerits and relieved of his duties by DOH Keelung Hospital, Shih said, while the DOH has also notified Yee Zen General Hosptial and St. Joseph's Hospital to deal with Dr. Lai and Dr. Wu accordingly.