Nadya Suleman’s welfare use widens, clinic that did IVF looking even more suspect
by Caleb Reading
Via the LATimes (video at link also):
The Beverly Hills doctor [Dr. Michael M. Kamrava] whose fertility treatment led to the birth of Nadya Suleman’s octuplets — and her six previous children — has one of the worst success rates of any fertility clinic in the country, according to federal records reviewed by The Times.
In fact, Suleman’s children represent a sizable portion of the pregnancy rate at his clinic over the last several years — and taxpayers are already footing part of the bill.
Suleman receives at least $490 a month in food stamps, and three of her first six children are disabled and receiving federal benefits. Moreover, Kaiser Permanente’s Bellflower Medical Center has asked California’s health plan for the poor to cover the enormous cost of medical care for the eight premature infants in its care, according to multiple sources familiar with the case. […]
Kamrava, 57, has presented himself in interviews and on his website as a medical pioneer who discovered a breakthrough in in vitro fertilization procedures.But according to federal records reviewed by The Times, of the 61 procedures he conducted in 2006 — the most recent data available — only five resulted in pregnancies and only two of those resulted in births. One of those births was Suleman’s twins.
The pregnancy rate achieved by his clinic was so low that it probably spurred a professional association to offer him help in improving his record.
“These are the worst numbers I’ve ever seen. This is absurdly low,” said Dr. Mark Surrey, another fertility specialist in Beverly Hills.
But in Suleman, Kamrava found a patient who got pregnant and gave birth every time. […]This is not the first time he has faced controversy. At least two of his former employees have sued him, including Shirin Afshar, an office administrator who alleged that Kamrava engaged in systematic insurance and tax fraud. She also said he routinely asked her to participate in medical procedures even though she was not licensed to do so.The suit said Kamrava required patients to pay in cash, which was given to Kamrava’s wife, who “never entered the payment into the computer and never deposited the payment in the bank” so that Kamrava could avoid paying income tax on the money. The clinic kept two sets of books, one for insurance payments and one for cash payments, the lawsuit alleged.Afshar also charged that Kamrava’s office systematically defrauded insurance companies by double billing for procedures and by billing companies for unnecessary medication that Kamrava kept and then resold to other patients. The suit appeared to have settled in 1999, shortly before it went to trial.
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