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French surgeons accused of fraud

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6967.1464 (Published 03 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1464
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Medical Journalist, Paris.

    Thirty French orthopaedic surgeons are being investigated for allegedly having swindled the social security's health insurance branch by receiving kickbacks for prescribing hip prostheses. Twenty two separate complaints have been lodged by regional branches of the “Secu” after a lengthy investigation showed the existence of a company that overcharged for prosthetic devices and paid doctors a percentage of the inflated sales prices.

    The investigation was led by Maurice Dachary, director of the health insurance branch of …

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