How Did Dr. Fata Get AWay With It?

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In August, Dr. F. Fata, an oncologist practicing in Metro Detroit, was charged by the FBI with numerous counts of medical fraud and malpractice committed against Medicare and it patients.  Since my husband was one of Dr. Fata’s non-Medicare patients, I’ve been paying close attention to the case.

The details are extremely alarming, especially the ones about his ordering unnecessary chemotherapy treatments.  If you’re interested, you can easily find out more through an internet search.  Right now, I want to talk about the dynamics which allowed Fata to do so much harm to so many people.

First, Fata gave an Oscar-winning performance as a kind, gentle man who only wanted to help his patients get well.  I was with my husband during his first, long appointment, and I saw it.

Second, Fata was able to convince/pressure people into doing things they knew were wrong.  Everyone on his staff, from the office workers to the nurses to the other doctors, knew what he was doing, and although some eventually quit, no one, as far as I know, blew the whistle on him.

Third, Fata committed most of his alleged fraud and malpractice at the Crittenton (Hospital) Cancer Center, which only added to his credibility.  The center is a beautiful, new building, and it brought a lot of acclaim to the hospital, as well as a very fat stream of income.  And the hospital administrators, while stroking their growing egos, never bothered to perform the most basic oversight.

And this third dynamic is what I want to focus on.  As someone who grew up in a house filled with ghosts instead of relatives because of the Holocaust, I’m all too familiar with what can result from this kind of self-interested indifference.  Of course this was on a much smaller scale, but the results are appallingly similar.  People were tortured, for what is unnecessary chemotherapy if not torture?  And people will die.  Chemotherapy is extremely toxic, so it stands to reason that many of the people he overdosed will eventually die from it.

The way I see it, every administrator at Crittenton Hospital is guilty of criminal negligence.  I think they all should be fired, and they all should be indicted as passive co-conspirators.

We need to start holding people responsible no only for their actions but for their inactions.  Dr. Fata got away with what he did because no one involved cared enough to stop him.  So now we need to start stopping them.

 

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As Americans helping Americans, we need to take a clear look at our federal government.  And it isn’t a pretty sight.

It grieves me to say this, but the members of Congress have created such a corrupt system for themselves that there’s no way they can remain loyal to their constituents.

Just take a look at their health care.  They’ve given themselves the best insurance in the country, completely funded by our taxpayer dollars.  And as far as I know, not one of them has turned it down.  In the meantime, the rest of us have to deal with private insurance premiums, deductibles, co-pays, networks, and coverage rules.

How can our so-called representatives represent our best interests when they’re so busy taking care of their own?

And that’s why I think we need to start privatizing our lives.  Between current business practices and the Patriot Act, we don’t have much privacy left.  But we still have individual initiative, and we can use that in very powerful ways.

We can help each other.

Millions of Americans, most of them children, go to bed hungry every night.  And countless Americans, most of them children, are homeless.  Yet President Obama refuses to help them.

So I’ve decided to take the responsibility away from him.

Therefore today, September 30, 2013, I am launching Americans Help Americans.  I challenge each and every American to do something to help your neighbors.  If you have some money, donate it.  If you have some time, donate that.

And then come back and write about what you’ve done so we can inspire each other.

We Americans are resourceful and generous people.  And I know that if we put our hearts and minds to it, we can truly take care of each other.

Yee-hah!

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Empress Cindy