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San Antonio children allegedly underwent unnecessary dental operations


Medical operations charge health insurance agencies and individuals thousands of dollars. The clinic and doctors performing the operation are direct beneficiaries. If a doctor or clinic is found unnecessarily assessing operations on patients primarily for monetary gain, the organization responsible for approving the operation will be liable for damages and may have to file a claim for professional liability insurance.

Six of the Smile Center's dental clinics in San Antonio, Texas are facing a lawsuit from a number of parents claiming their children were exposed to unneeded medical operations. The San Antonio Express-News reports that these treatments allowed the clinics to obtain money through Medicaid.

"Some children suffered physical injuries from dental instruments penetrating through their lips, teeth and cheeks or gums," the plaintiffs' complaint reads.

According to the complaint, the clinics fraudulently collected approximately $55 million in a two-year span ending in 2010.

The owner of Smile Center, Stephen Simpton, told the news source that all treatment provided to the patients was necessary and the claims made to Medicaid weren't fraudulent.

If found guilty, the clinics may be liable to pay damages to both Medicaid and the families of the children involved.

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