Medical group accused of jeopardizing patients’ health
April 3, 2013
A San Luis Obispo doctor has accused a medical group of “seriously jeopardizing the health, safety and lives” of patients by putting profits ahead of patient care. [Tribune]
John S. McGee filed a lawsuit against Heritage Provider Network claiming the group fired him last year for “his refusal to participate in an unlawful scheme to compromise patient care for profits.” McGee, who has practiced internal medicine for 20 years, was fired 19 months after going to work for the Heritage Provider Network.
Don Ernst, McGee’s attorney, told the Tribune he hopes the suit will compel the defendants to change the way they conduct business. In the county, about 20,000 people get their healthcare through the network.
The Heritage Provider Network issued a statement saying, “Heritage Provider Network is focused on providing quality, affordable, accessible healthcare to all its members throughout communities in California and has been nationally recognized for doing so.” The company does not comment on pending litigation.