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UnitedHealth to pay $500 million in hepatitis doctor case

At least nine patients contracted hepatitis C after undergoing procedures at Depak Desai’s Las Vegas clinic

Two UnitedHealth Group Inc. units are on the hook for more than $500 million in total damages, after a jury found that they failed to properly oversee a doctor who infected several patients with hepatitis C.

The jury handed down a $500 million punitive damages award less than a week after they ordered Health Plan of Nevada and Sierra Health Services to pay $24 million in compensatory damages. The $524 million in damages is the largest U.S. award so far this year, according to Bloomberg, although it’s a fraction of the $2.5 billion that the patients in the case were seeking.

Alanna Byrne

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