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Fed Up – 1.3 Billion Dollars in US Health Fraud Schemes

US charging 412 in health fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion

In recent news, more than 400 people have found themselves in a narcotic scandal worth over a billion dollars. These people were illegally billing Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance programs that were serving members of the armed forces. In one situation, “A Florida rehab facility is alleged to have recruited addicts with gift cards and visits to strip clubs, leading to $58 million in false treatments and tests.” Absolutely unacceptable.

Jeff Sessions, Attorney General, explains:

“They seem oblivious to the disastrous consequences of their greed. Their actions not only enrich themselves, often at the expense of taxpayers, but also feed addictions and cause addictions to start,” Sessions said.

To put the blame on one aspect of the waste and abuse in the healthcare industry is wrong. The waste and abuse is coming from multiple lines of business. The reoccurring theme for pharmaceuticals, insurance companies, brokers, physicians, etc. is that at some point the leaders of these companies get greedy. We have all heard the same song and dance. Clearly there are a lot of issues in the healthcare industry. The best thing to do in an industry that is wrought with waste and abuse is to be a good person. Do the right thing even when nobody is looking.