An Arizona gynecologist who was fired after accusing his patients of “misleading” them on their insurance information has accused the company of retaliation.
Dr. Mark Wohlers, the director of Arizona Health Services’ internal patient care division, accused the companies insurance companies of trying to influence doctors by giving them “a license to lie” and using “inappropriate and deceptive practices.”
Wohlers said he was fired by the insurers last month after he released a report in which he criticized the practices of some of his patients.
Wohler was terminated after his report was published, AZhealthcare.com reported.
Wolters’ report criticized the Arizona Department of Insurance for its “unethical practices” and for being “incompetent” in providing accurate information to patients.
He said his patients were being asked about “everything from their medical history to whether they had cancer.”
Wolters was also the author of a 2010 book, “Uncanny” that criticized the way insurers are offering policies, including Obamacare, to the uninsured.
He has been a regular speaker at medical conferences and has spoken at some of the largest health care conferences in the country.
He was also a guest speaker at the 2017 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ annual convention.
The Arizona Department, Insurance and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Wohler is now suing the insurers for retaliation and for failing to protect him from the consequences of his comments.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court, alleges that Wohlins’ statements “were not truthful or factual and violated his rights under the Federal Tort Claims Act and Arizona’s tort law.”