Canada Montreal doctor fined for 'gifts' to gynecologists who referred patients

07:21  07 february  2018
07:21  07 february  2018 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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A Montreal doctor has been fined ,500 in a case involving gynecologists who referred patients to his ultrasound clinic. Hing-Sang Hum pleaded guilty in October to giving “ gifts ” to three doctors who are staff members at the Jewish General Hospital — payments totalling almost

A Montreal doctor has pleaded guilty to ethical breaches and offered to pay ,500 in fines in a case involving gynecologists referring patients to his Dr . Michel Jarry, who investigated the case for the College of Physicians, told the hearing that he came across Hum’s gift -giving practices while

A Montreal doctor has been fined $27,500 in a case involving gynecologists who referred patients to his ultrasound clinic.

Hing-Sang Hum pleaded guilty in October to giving “gifts” to three doctors who are staff members at the Jewish General Hospital — payments totalling almost $36,000 between 2011 and 2015.

The three doctors referred patients to Hum’s ultrasound clinic near the Côte-des-Neiges Rd. building where they practised.

At a Quebec College of Physicians disciplinary hearing held in the fall, Hum’s lawyer said the gift-giving payments were not kickbacks; however, Hum realized the practice was inappropriate.

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Montreal doctor fined for ' gifts ' to gynecologists who sent patients .

A Montreal doctor has pleaded guilty to ethical breaches and offered to pay ,500 in fines in a case involving gynecologists referring patients to his ultrasound clinic. It was part of a plea deal submitted to a Quebec College of Physicians disciplinary hearing on Tuesday by Jacques Provost

“He wanted to give money to share with colleagues the success that he had in his profession,” Pierre-Jérôme Bouchard told the hearing.

The College council fined Hum $27,500, payable within a year, according to a ruling made public Tuesday.

Hum had pleaded guilty to breaching the Quebec’s physicians’ code of ethics forbidding a doctor “from granting, in the practice of his profession, any benefit, commission, or rebate to any person whatsoever.”

College investigator, Michel Jarry had discovered the money exchange while investigating a patient complaint against another physician, Alan Climan. At a meeting, it emerged that Climan was getting gifts from Hum. When Jarry question Hum, he said it had happened only once. Hum’s bank records, however, revealed a pattern of payments to several doctors over several years.

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Two Montreal gynecologists have been fined for accepting thousands of dollars in gifts from a Shinder, a doctor since 1976 and a obstetrician/ gynecologist since 1980, told the disciplinary She said she refers patients to the clinic run by Hum ( whom she considers a friend) because it is near

He has offered to pay ,500 in fines .

Between 2011 and 2015, Hum had given 14 cheques to each of these doctors: Markus Martin $4,230, Janet Shinder $13,590 and Allan Climan $18,140 for a total of $35,960.

In July, the College’s disciplinary board fined Martin $5,000 and Shinder $10,000. Both were accused of violating a section of the ethics code that says a physician must refrain from accepting “any commission, rebate or material benefit with the exception of customary presents and gifts of modest value.”

Martin, who was on the Quebec College of Physicians’ board of directors when he was accused of the ethical breach, has since resigned from the position.

A decision on Climan’s case is still to come.

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