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Editor:

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.

David Murray

Reno

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