An ophthalmologist montreal will have to pay a fine of$ 62,500 to have claimed expenses “disproportionate” to hundreds of clients for nearly a year, has decided the disciplinary board of the College of physicians.
Dr. John Chanchiang Chen, a specialist in diseases of the retina that operates in a private clinic in Westmount and who has already been convicted by the disciplinary board in the past, is done to pin by the College of physicians because he demanded$ 40 from his patients to give them eye drops, in view of future treatments.
In a decision issued in early June, the disciplinary board determines that this amount is “disproportionate”. However, in spite of the reminders, Dr. Chanchiang Chen has claimed those charges for nearly eight months, from April 1 to December 2016, to hundreds of patients, as demonstrated in 1237 bills produced for the administration of the drops.
His ploy was stopped a few weeks before the entry into force of the prohibition to charge incidental expenses to the end of January 2017.
“The patients of the respondent have suffered the consequences of his misconduct. They have paid a disproportionate amount for the payment of medical supplies necessary for their treatment. An amount of$ 40 is not a nominal sum, for the vast majority of the population,” said the council in its decision.
The ophthalmologist did not deny the facts, but he tried to justify himself by claiming that the amounts received were reinvested in the care provided in his clinic and that the concept of disproportionate amount was “fuzzy”. This argument has not convinced the disciplinary board, which decided to impose an exemplary fine of$62,500.
Not a first
It must be said that the doctor is not at its first setbacks with his professional order. In January 2014, Dr. Chanchiang Chen had been off for three months and ordered to pay a fine of$ 10,000 for having sold a drug used to treat macular degeneration, Lucentis.
This drug, at the time sold in a vial of 0.23 ml for 1600$, is administered with a dose of only 0.05 ml to a patient, while the 0,18 ml remaining should be discarded. However, the doctor had decided to recover the Lucentis unused to resell it to a pharmacist via a company of which he was the sole shareholder, pocketing and 154 to$600.
As the drug was covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec, the disciplinary board ruled that Dr. Chanchiang Chen was not entitled to sell a drug that the not belong to him.