Greed knows no bounds. This kind of stuff embarrasses our profession so much:
Moses deGraft-Johnson, MD, a cardiovascular surgeon in Tallahassee, Florida, admitted to performing invasive and unnecessary angiography procedures, as well as falsely billing insurance companies for more than $29 million.
Moses deGraft-Johnson, MD is the doc who saved 50 Cent’s life after the rapper presented to his trauma center with multiple gunshot wounds in 2000
I am a family doc (newly retired). I did not make a ton of money each year. I did some other projects that made me some money but really I was frugal and lived out of debt. This dude was a cardiovascular surgeon. They make a million a year! So, here is my dilemma. How much money do you really need? For this dude, a lot. Other than probably going to jail, the DOJ said it is also “aggressively pursuing” deGraft’s forfeitable assets in the U.S. and abroad, including luxury vehicles, jewelry, homes in New York, Miami, and Houston, as well as more than $1 million in cash.
You know, I am not against some docs making money in an ethical manner. Hey, if you spent 4 years in college, 4 years in medical school and then another 6 or 7 in residency then by all means, go get yours. You had to be the best of the best to be a cardiovascular surgeon. There are only so many of these doctors. I am ok with that $1 million a year. But do you to be a crook and steal $30 million more? I think not.
Maybe we will see Dr. Moses deGraft-Johnson, MD on the streets with a sign that says, “Will perform heart surgery for food”.