Posted on May 16, 2018 at 4:30 AM
The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Texas has charged Jorge
Zamora-Quezada with egregious healthcare fraud reminiscent of Farid Fata.
Since 2000, Zamora-Quezada has falsely diagnosed vulnerable patients – including the young, elderly and disabled – with various degenerative diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis. He then administered chemotherapy and other toxic medications to the patients based on that false diagnosis. Zamora-Quezada also conducted a battery of fraudulent, repetitive and excessive medical procedures on patients.
While Zamora-Quezada and Fata are at the extreme end of the culpability continuum of unwanted medical treatment, clinicians further down the continuum are also culpable. Failing to meaningfully inform the patient and to ascertain her preferences also risks unwarranted UMT.