Former Order of Canada recipient Dr. Ranjit Kumar Chandra — who fleeced OHIP for $2 million — has lost his licence to practise in Ontario.
“Dr. Chandra concocted and applied a devious scheme to cheat the Ontario public, at a time when health care funds are stretched,” a College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario discipline hearing ruling stated.
“In the circumstances of this case, revocation is the only outcome — there is simply no room in the medical profession for such reprehensible conduct,” stated the decision.
“Dr. Chandra’s conduct directly impacted the public purse and a fine is required for general deterrence,” stated the decision, which also fined him $35,000 — the maximum available — and ordered him to pay the college costs of $16,500.
“When a physician such as Dr. Chandra abuses his power by defrauding the public health care system, he has breached the trust of his patients, his professional colleagues and society at large,” the decision states.
The ruling found Chandra recruited approximately 300 people to his scheme and more than $2 million in OHIP fees were paid to him over a four-year period while he performed little to no medical services.
He billed OHIP almost $200,000 for services while he was in Europe, the Middle East or India, the decision stated.
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