MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Department of Justice says it has settled discrimination claims from two HIV patients who said physicians at a Milwaukee-based medical provider refused to treat them because of their illness.
The settlement announced Friday calls for Aurora Health Care Inc. to pay $30,000 to one patient, $15,000 to the other and a $15,000 civil penalty to the federal government. Aurora will also provide additional training to staff regarding anti-discrimination policies.
One of the patients said an orthopedic surgeon refused to perform a hip surgery on August 2015 because he feared HIV transmission. Another patient said a urologist declined to remove his catheter on January 2016 because he was concerned blood could be in the urine.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin filed the complaints.