The following is an excerpt from BENJAMIN FEARNOW | May 30, 2018 | newsweek.com |
New York City gynecologist Dr. Joon Song filed a $1 million defamation lawsuit against a former patient after she posted a review on Yelp and other doctor review sites detailing how he'd overcharged her and tried to "scare" her into a second visit by giving her a "false diagnosis."
Michelle Levine took to Yelp, Healthgrades and RateMDs.com to criticize Song, an OBGYN, over a major financial discrepancy from a visit in July 2017. Levine told Newsweek that Song's office attempted to "scare" her into a second checkup after billing her for unnecessary medical procedures and then wittholding information over the phone to force her to come back in for even more billable procedures.
Levine also alleged that Song "had my medical records published online" in the wake of the continuing legal action.
Levine claimed in her intial Yelp review she was a victim of "medical billing fraud" after she booked a simple annual checkup that was covered by her health insurance. But Levine said she soon received a bill for over $1700—$500 more than anticipated—apparently because the visit was not billed as a basic annual checkup. Song's office later claimed in a comment response that Levine complained of "acute and worrisome symptoms" which required additional medical evaluation that superseded an "annual checkup." Several of Song's defamation claims against Levine in the lawsuit use her comments of "crook" and "scam artist" as a basis for the minimum $1,000,000 sought by his office.
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