Dear Dr. Orient,
Regarding your article, “Can ‘Health Care Fraud’ Be Ended?” July/August 1998 Medical Sentinel, it so reminded me of that black day when my friend Dr. Jeffrey Rutgard was raided by the Feds. Linda Rutgard called me the next day telling me that every scrap of paper and every computer disk had been taken from both home and office. She told me not to worry because they had been so very careful to do everything in their practice by the book. At the hearing, I sat with Jeff’s physician father and his mother Laraine. We were stunned by the distorted picture presented to the Administrative Law Judge who pulled Jeffrey’s license. It is particularly sad that he won’t be able to practice medicine as his surgical skills were never questioned. Even physicians who were happy to see him busted were shocked at the severity of the sentence. They thought the worst thing that could happen was the loss of his Medicare number for a few years and a fine. No one expected him to do jail time.
Executive Director, San Diego County Medical Society
San Diego, CA
Originally published in the Medical Sentinel 1998;3(6):195. Copyright © 1998 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).