n South African Medical Journal - Trust me, I'm a 'doctor' : of bogus doctors, medical impostors and medical fraudsters




Local newspapers have recently carried vivid headlines following the arrest of several individuals at the hands of the Hawks. Quite who among those arrested hold valid qualifications, who were impostors, who were legitimately registered and accredited with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and who were fraudulently borrowing practice numbers to defraud the medical aid services, and whether they were operating as part of a syndicate (or syndicates), is still to be established. Reassuringly, the magistrate before whom the alleged miscreants appeared demanded proof of the medical qualifications and the Department of Health and the HPCSA are undertaking their own investigations, as is the Board of Health Care Funders (an industry body for medical aids), since some are accused of using other doctors' practice numbers in order to claim monies from medical aids. Patients of the alleged bogus doctors are now also supplying evidence.


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