Really glad to learn that state and federal authorities have pressed charges against Dr. Patel.
My wife and I in 2005 went to Patel for routine heart check-ups. From these initial appointments Patel advised for additional services. These additional services were rendered by non-professional workers in his office. More services were advised. The bills were growing.
Finally, after several thousand dollars in payments, I felt the whole service was suspect. I refused to pay the last bill of nearly two thousand dollars. It went to collection. I filed a complaint with the Nevada State Medical Examiner's office in Reno in 2007 against Patel. It went nowhere. The collection service pressed for payment. I wrote to the collection service that Patel's services were bogus. The collection was stopped.
Several Elko locals who went to Patel for heart check-ups or heart issues also complained to me about what they perceived as "phony services." One moved to Twin Falls, Idaho to be closer to a legitimate cardiologist.
Medical services should and must be rendered by honest and competent professionals. Rural citizens must not be taken advantage of by physicians whose main game is personal enrichment.