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When Greed Results in Medical Malpractice

Doctors, hospitals, and health care providers are trusted with our health and lives. When a patient sees a doctor, he or she expects to receive the medical care that is necessary to treat his or her condition. Unfortunately, in some cases, unscrupulous doctors and hospitals do not have their patients' health care, and instead make medical decisions that only benefit the doctor or hospital.

When doctors let their own greed impact medical decisions and treatment, patients may be the victims of medical malpractice. For instance, seven doctors and executives at Chicago's Sacred Heart Hospital were recently charged in a health scandal that includes allegations of unnecessary medical procedures, including unnecessary tracheotomies. According to the Chicago Tribune, one doctor allegedly overdosed patients with sedatives in order to necessitate tracheotomies and lengthy hospital stays and then billed Medicare for the treatment.

The problem is not limited to Sacred Heart Hospital, however. In fact, greed within the health care industry is so pervasive that, according to the Chicago Tribune, approximately $60 billion of the $800 billion paid to Medicare and Medicaid for medical services each year is attributed to Medicare/Medicaid fraud.

New evidence also shows that several common medical tests and treatments that doctors order are actually unnecessary - performed because of inexperience or in attempt to increase medical billings. According to recent Consumer Reports data, nearly half of primary-care physicians say that their own patients get too much medical care, and the Congressional Budget Office says that up to 30 percent of health care administered in the U.S. is unnecessary.

Even when unnecessary treatments are performed as a result of medical error, rather than fraud, doctors and hospitals often benefit from their own mistakes. According to a Chicago Tribune article, a new study reveals that hospitals actually profit from their own medical mistakes because Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance companies pay the hospitals for the longer stays and extra medical care that patients need to treat preventable medical complications.

At Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish, our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers represent the victims of medical malpractice, whether a misdiagnosis, surgical error, or unnecessary medical treatment. We are dedicated to protecting injured victims and their families, and have obtained record setting and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of our injured clients.

If you suspect that you or a loved one were the victim of medical malpractice with the result of inexperience or health care fraud, contact the Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible medical malpractice claim.

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  ( is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.


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