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Senior Citizens Are The Targets of Open Enrollment Scams by Harold Bell


My wife Hattie and I had a doctor/patient relationship with Dr. Peter Swaby for close to two decades, starting in Bowie, Md in the early 2000s and ending the relationship in Suitland, Md in 2021. The relationship ended when he forgot to make his patients ‘First!

‘There are three professional relationships one needs to thrive and survive in Black America, one is a good doctor you can trust, a lawyer you can trust and a honest auto mechanic you can trust!

The operative word is–Trust.

If you have all three, it is like hitting the lottery in the Game Called Life.  Once upon a time I had all three in Washington, DC, my doctor was Ben Jones (Urologist), Luke Moore lawyer/judge, and a brother named Joe Smith who lived in Ft. Washington, MD. We were friends and beyond, we had each other’s back and we trusted each other.  Ben Jones died of a heart attack playing golf, Luke died of a heart attack while shoveling snow for a next-door neighbor in Atlanta and Joe just disappeared!

I received a statement from Dr. Swaby’s office making a claim that I owned $347.74 for two outpatient office visits. One was for 03/22/21 fee: $173.00, the second claim was for 04-28/21 Fee: $173.00. I immediately brought the billing error to his attention via email–he never responded! Another bill was mailed to me with the same identical claims.  In my October 3rd response, I wrote:

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