Seven Medical Labs Accused of Medi-Cal Fraud
- 1Mar 21, '09 by I love my cat!Nice! Kudos to the whistle-blower!!
Seven private medical laboratories have defrauded the Medi-Cal program of hundreds of millions of dollars by systematically overcharging the state by as much as 400% for blood, urine and other lab tests, state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said Thursday.
Brown plans to announce a civil lawsuit today against the companies, five of which are in Los Angeles. The suit aims to recover at least $100 million worth of the excessive charges paid by the program, which provides health services to the poor.
- 0Mar 21, '09 by Anxious PatientWe all end up paying for fraud.
Medicare and Medicaid lose an estimated $60 billion or more annually to fraud. (Miami Herald, August 11, 2008)
People's Attitudes About Fraud.
- Nearly one of four Americans say it’s ok to defraud insurers, says a survey by the consulting firm Accenture Ltd.
- Nearly one of 10 Americans would commit insurance fraud if they knew they could get away with it.
- More than one of three Americans say it's ok to exaggerate insurance claims to make up for the deductibles.
- Nearly one of three physicians say it's necessary to game the health care system to make up for perceived reimbursement shortages. Journal of the American Medical Association (2000)
- One of 10 physicians has reported medical signs or symptoms a patient didn't have in order to help the patient secure coverage for needed treatment.
Then there's all the other types of insurance fraud: auto, arson, disability, false claims, workers comp....
Reading this could make an honest person feel like a sap.