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Fraud Accounts for as Much as 10% of Medicare's Yearly Spending

Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by ethics, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Good research on WSJ today in how FBI tracks and busts medicare fraud -- which I've been pretty vocal about in the past.

    How Agents Hunt for Fraud in Trove of Medicare Data

    Search the headline, click on the link
  2. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    What a racket! I hope they throw that doctor in jail, along with all the others who do the same.
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  3. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    This is just indicative of a larger issue. That 10% is most likely very low with the actual numbers much higher. But because of the way the system is set up, it invites the dishonest to scam the program. Sure, eventually many are caught, but as the article says, the money is already gone and has little to no chance of being recovered.

    How much money would the government save by revamping these programs to make it easier to catch the fraudulent claims? Or would we see the typical outcry from the left that we're disenfranchising the "poor" by tightening up a system already rife with abuse? And you can bet that with the health care mandate, fraudulent claims are going to increase, not decrease.
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  4. Greg

    Greg Full Member

    That's for damn sure!

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