Farid Fata, an oncology doctor from the Detroit Michigan area was sentenced to 45 years in prison for Medicare fraud. He was giving cancer treatment drugs to his patients, many of whom didn’t even have cancer. Medicare and private insurers were billed millions for medically unnecessary treatments. His victims lost their health, savings and trust. The health of hundreds of patients has been ruined for life and some died.
Chemotherapy is the act of administering poison to a patient. The poison is toxic to both cancer cells and healthy tissue. The doctor told some patients they had cancer when they did not to be able to bill for infusions. Those with cancer were given extended and unnecessary treatments. The toxic effects of the poisons has caused health issues and disfigurement that his patients will have to live with the rest of their lives.
When you read the news reports you immediately see the victims were emotionally charged in the courtroom. But what do we think about a professional, highly educated doctor who would treat others like this?
Tina Turner recorded a song, released in 1984, titled “What’s Love Got To Do With It “. It asks an interesting question given the circumstances. The answer is everything. The Bible tells us that love is the greatest thing and all God’s laws emanate from it. It says further that the two greatest commands are to love the God of the Bible with all your heart, soul and mind and to love your neighbor as yourself. If you love others as yourself you wouldn’t lie to them or harm them. You would attempt to meet their needs and carry their burdens even when it involves personal sacrifice. The doctor had much love but it appears to be misdirected toward self. Who do you love? Do your actions show it?