Investigation finds Vancouver doctors paid for procedures not performed

A small group of cardiologists at two Lower Mainland hospitals were compensated over the past six years for procedures they did not perform, according to an internal investigation.

But those payments amounted to about $1-million, not the $4-million alleged by an anonymous complainant last year, and may have been offset by the doctors performing more complex, time-consuming procedures for which they were not adequately compensated, the investigation concluded.

The investigation was triggered by an anonymous letter in June, 2015, that alleged a small group of cardiologists at St. Paul’s and Vancouver General hospitals had charged the two facilities almost $4-million for procedures they did not actually perform. Its report, dated Aug. 17, 2015, was obtained by The Globe and Mail through a freedom of information request.

Wendy Stueck reports.

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