Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Doctors suspended for pressuring patients to pay for surgery

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Rome, March 25 - Two doctors at Rome's Bambin
Gesu' children's hospital have been suspended from service after
they were filmed pressuring patients to pay for surgery that is
covered under the state health care system.
Reporters from the satirical television show Le Iene
caught the doctors telling the parents of a child needing an
expensive and urgent surgical procedure that to avoid a
four-to-five-month wait, they could opt for private surgery
costing 38,000 euros.
They also failed to tell the parents that other Italian
hospitals could perform the surgery and suggested they go
overseas.
After having the surgery performed at Rome's Gemelli
hospital with only a week's wait and for free, the parents
contacted the program's producers, who then filmed the doctors
repeating what the couple had been told.
The directors of Bambin Gesu' hospital issued a statement
saying that the doctors have been indefinitely suspended while
investigations are being carried out.
The hospital's statement said that they were completely
unaware of the doctors' conduct and "we wish to express our
deepest apologies to the family".

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