French surgeon arrested for alleged extortion

Patient asked to pay unnecessarily for hernia operation

French surgeon arrested for alleged extortion

(ANSA) – Bologna, December 27 – A French orthopaedic surgeon practising in the city of Bologna was arrested on Thursday for allegedly extorting payment from a patient who was covered by the national health system. The doctor was taken in custody by law enforcement officers. The surgeon, who is a practising professional in Italy working in a Bologna hospital structure that receives partial funding from the state health system had allegedly forced the patient suffering from cervical hernia to pay him for surgery when the structure he works for was also being reimbursed by the national health system.

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