German dentist extracts payment from patient

By | September 25, 2008

A German dentist overpowered a female patient in her home and yanked out two dental bridges from her mouth because she had failed to pay her bill. The dentist from the Bavarian town of Neu-Ulm is now under investigation for assault and theft after arriving at the woman’s home with his medical instruments to perform the unwanted surgery.

According to police, the dentist knocked on the door of the 35-year-old woman on Monday evening and without saying a word forced her into her living room and tied her hands. In a scene reminiscent of the movie Marathon Man, he then forced open her mouth and removed the £320 worth of dental work which the woman’s insurance company had refused to pay.

According to the victim, he never said a word. “The dentist is being investigated for assault for the way he forced open her mouth, and theft for taking the bridges,” said Christian Owsinski a police spokesman.

“The woman was in pain when she showed up at the police station.”

Mr Owsinski said the dentist, who has not been named, had not been arrested. If convicted he could face discipline from both the health insurance company and the dental association that could jeopardise his practice. – telegraph

And I would not be convicted by a jury of my peers. Still crazy, after all these years.

0 thoughts on “German dentist extracts payment from patient

  1. miles

    Its crazy how different the law is over there. If a dentist did that here he’d be getting plenty of jail time on top of indefinately losing their license.

  2. Ann

    I think, what he did, was illegal in Germany, also. I couldn’t imagine dentists or doctors doing the same anywhere … I can just imagine myself saying: “the patient didn’t pay? So, I’ll just take my stitches back.” And, what? The patient collapses due to loss of blood? Or, what if I was an orthopedic surgeon? “I’ll just take back my pins; damn patients, who can’t pay!” Yeah, right .. not in the real world! Moreover, doctors are not poor! In fact, medicine in western countries is one of the highest paid professions. In fact, they should give some of their trade away, at no charge, if they can get away with it.

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