New York City gynecologist Dr. Joon Song filed a $1 million defamation lawsuit against a former patient after she posted a review on Yelp and other doctor review sites detailing how he’d tried to “scare” her, before overcharging and convincing her into a costly second visit through a “false diagnosis.”
Michelle Levine took to Yelp, Healthgrades and RateMDs.com to criticize Song, an OBGYN, over a major financial discrepancy from a visit in July 2017. Levine told Newsweek that Song’s office attempted to “scare” her into a second checkup after billing her for unnecessary medical procedures and then withholding information over the phone to force her to come back in for even more billable procedures.
Levine claimed in her initial Yelp review she was a victim of “medical billing fraud” after she booked a simple annual checkup that was covered by her health insurance. But Levine said she soon received a bill for over $500 more than anticipated—apparently because the visit was not listed as a basic annual checkup. Song’s office later claimed in a comment response that Levine complained of “acute and worrisome symptoms” which required additional medical evaluation that superseded an “annual checkup.” Several of Song’s defamation claims against Levine in the lawsuit use her comments of “crook” and “scam artist” as a basis for the minimum $1,000,000 sought by his office.