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Resource ID: #21382
Subject: Health
Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Date: Dec. 21-23, 2003


The Parker Hughes Cancer Center of Minnesota's Twin Cities promises their patients hope in the face of life-threatening disease. But the Star Tribune investigates these promises, and finds that the clinic has a pattern of excessive and sometimes unnecessary tests and treatments. Patients also have complaints about billing processes and unusual charges. The clinic also built up the doctors' credentials, making them sound more qualified than they actually were. Also, the clinic allegedly solicited financial 'rewards.' For example, one physician asked the Red Cross to give money to the clinic as an award for buying blood products.

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