Fake disease is alleged in patient scamming case

A physician and a practitioner in natural medicines teamed up to scam patients by telling them they had a disease, judicial agents said Thursday. They arrested the man and a woman in San Isidro en Heredia.

Agents said the man left a job in a public hospital and entered private practice. There he would examine patients. The allegation is that he told them they suffered from some fictitious disease that only the natural medicines could cure. They then went to the woman who charged them 20,000 colons (about $40) for each monthly visit, agents said.

After getting a second opinion, one patient found out that there was no diseases as the physician had claimed,  said the Judicial Investigating Organization. Agents said that some patients suffered secondary effects from the natural medicines.

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