There are serious allegations against two top executives of the Vienna Medical Association! It concerns unlawfully channeled premiums amounting to hundreds of thousands of euros. The duo was banned from entering and had to hand in their work phones and laptops.
Immediately after the outbreak of the scandal, two top executives of a subsidiary of the Vienna Medical Association were fired. The suspects had to hand in mobile phones and laptops from work. The allegations of fraud that came to light after internal reviews are so serious that the duo were even banned from their offices. Access to all IT systems was also immediately blocked.
There was and clearly is an acute need for action. Because the decisions were made on Tuesday at an extraordinary meeting of the curia of resident doctors. At the center of the scandal is the medical procurement service Equip4Ordi (E4O). The website of the outsourced subsidiary Curia advertises that “doctors can quickly and easily meet their medical product needs”.
The premium of 500,000 euros went to a private company
The director is said to have used the E4O as a self-service shop because he was able to circumvent controls. Just one example and just the tip of the iceberg: commissions of more than half a million euros would have crept into the suspect’s private company, it is said. Dr Johannes Steinhart – responsible head of the Curia before election as President of the Chamber in 2022 – vehemently and credibly rejects all allegations that he was aware of the incidents.
A lawyer is currently investigating the criminal relevance of the case. A presentation of the facts to the public prosecutor is also being considered.