Rick Scott won’t release a deposition, and so far won’t release his tax returns. He boasts that “he was never charged” for involvement with medicare fraud at his former company Columbia/HCA. He’s awfully secretive for a guy who wants voters to trust him enough to elect him as Governor.
Now there are more new accusations against his current company, Solantic. The Palm Beach Post published a story today citing accusations made by a former employee:
Critics say Solantic is driven by the same lust for profits that contributed to Scott’s downfall as CEO of Columbia/HCA, which was fined a record $1.7 billion in Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
“Solantic really, really pushes it. All they care about is profit margin,” said Dr. Gregory Hayes, a former employee who says he was urged to resign after working two months at a pair of Solantic clinics in the Treasure Coast.
Hayes, a doctor since 1998, said in an interview with The Palm Beach Post that Solantic’s medical director asked him to inflate patients’ costs by ordering potentially unnecessary medical procedures. Hayes said he also was told to sell more of the clinic’s prescription drugs, despite cheaper alternatives at a pharmacy.
“Ethically and morally I just couldn’t do that,” Hayes said. “Just because you walk through the door with a runny nose doesn’t mean an automatic X-ray and breathing treatment and lab work.”
Scott admits he wants to run Florida like a business, and boasts of his record as a businessman. Yet he thinks people will blindly overlook how he’s run his “businesses” so far?