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Milwaukee podiatrist suspended for deceiving, overcharging patients

Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee foot doctor John Lanham has been suspended after he admitted deceiving and overcharging patients, by wrongly claiming that his work is covered by their insurance.

At a hearing Tuesday, a podiatry panel in the state Department of Safety and Professional Services ordered at least a 30 day suspension in Lanham’s operating license.

A trial will be held within 60 days to determine if there should be additional punishment. Lanham cannot go back to work at least until then.

Numerous patients complained that Lanham overcharged them. Among the evidence presented to the board was that he charged one patient $200 for 100 Band-Aids.

The board also received portions of a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interview, in which Lanham said he had to survive on the “ignorance” of patients who don’t know that the insurance doesn’t cover his services.

Lanham told the board he apologizes for any misunderstandings. He said he’ll pay to have medical ethics training, and he reduced his fee structure to bring it closer to the average for his profession.

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