Corporate Compliance

Whistleblower surgeon receives $2.5 million in settlement

Compliance Monitor, August 24, 2005

The University of Illinois agreed Wednesday to pay a $2.5 million settlement to a surgeon who reported fraud in the medical center's organ-transplant program.

Dr. Raymond Pollak claimed he was demoted in retaliation for reporting that the provider fraudulently pushed patients to the top of the waiting list for liver transplants, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The university already paid $2.3 million in November 2003, to settle government charges the hospital exaggerated patients' symptoms to increase chances they would receive organ transplants, according to the Tribune.

Pollack claimed hospital officials schemed to increase the number of organ transplants to increase profits, the Tribune reported.

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