French orthopaedic surgeons charged with fraudBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6947.77a (Published 09 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:77
- Alexander Dorozynski
- medical journalist Paris.
Public prosecutors in several French cities have charged a dozen orthopaedic surgeons with overpricing knee prostheses and receiving kickbacks from producers or importers of the devices. More than 100 surgeons may have been involved in an alleged swindle that may have cost the social security's health insurance branch about Fr100m (pounds sterling12m) over three years.
About 22000 knee prostheses are used in France …