We find it staggering to read about how blatant Medicare fraud can be, which often provokes a whistleblower to step forward. Today’s L.A. Times reports on a shameless scheme to defraud Medicare:
Elderly and mentally ill patients allegedly were offered doughnuts, candy and other gifts to lure them into more than $12 million worth of unnecessary respiratory treatments that were fraudulently billed to Medicare, according to the Indictment. Doctors and administrators were charged, according to this report.
What can you say about such criminality, when health care dollars in this country are sorely needed?