Jordan health care fraud investigation, $1.8M settlement agreed to

Jordan, the only Arab country with no federal health care program, said it agreed to a $1 million settlement with the United States after federal prosecutors said it was investigating a fraud scheme involving its government-run hospitals.

The settlement comes a day after U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in Washington, D.C., granted a motion to dismiss charges against two Jordanian doctors, including Dr. Abdullah Abu-Salah, who pleaded guilty to federal drug charges.

The doctor had admitted to helping pay for the treatment of an American citizen who had a serious health condition.

Jordan said he was the one who allegedly paid for the doctor’s care at a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, a former British colony.

A second doctor, Dr. Shaima Ali, was also charged with lying to the FBI about providing false information to authorities about a patient.

The government said it has been investigating a possible conspiracy between the two doctors to defraud the United Kingdom of $4.5 million.