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Wealthy Fla. doctor linked to senator back in news

April 12, 2014
Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A wealthy Florida doctor whose offices were raided by the FBI and who allowed a U.S. senator to use his private jet is again under scrutiny for receiving more money from the taxpayer-funded Medicare program than any other doctor.

A massive data dump from federal health officials this week showed South Florida ophthalmologist Dr. Salomon Melgen received nearly $21 million in 2012 from the tax-payer funded Medicare program — more than any other doctor in the country. Melgen has not been criminally charged or accused of wrongdoing.

Melgen's attorney, Kirk Ogrosky, says the doctor's billing conformed with Medicare rules and is a reflection of high drug costs, noting he has four offices and treats hundreds of patients every week.

 
 

 

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