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Brazil investigates alleged health care scam

Brazil investigates scheme that overcharged public health system for prosthesis

Brazil investigates alleged health care scam

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's Justice Ministry says it will investigate doctors and medical supply providers allegedly involved in a scheme to overcharge the public health care system for prostheses.

The ministry's website says the Federal Police and the Administrative Council for Economic Defense will investigate the "irregular prescription of orthopedic prostheses."

The Globo TV network recently reported that that manufacturers of prosthetics paid monthly commissions of to $37,000 to doctors who prescribed their products and performed unnecessary surgeries.

Updated : 2021-09-20 01:30 GMT+08:00