Nice that they are cracking down on medicare fraud.Not so nice that
the government cannot be bothered to properly investigate the "fast and
furious" gun running scandel, or Barney Frank and Chris Dodd's shady
dealings, or voter intimidation in Philadelphia.I guess in Chicago,
they only consider some crimes as crimes.
Advocates of publicly-run health care like to say that Medicare spends
proportionately less per patient on administrative costs than private health
insurance does.A tenth of Medicare spending being lost to fraud
kinda offsets any administrative savings, don't you think? (In fact, Medicare
actually spends more dollars per patient on administration than private
insurance; the ratio is lower because the denominator -- the much-larger amount
spent on treating Medicare's rickety geriatric patients -- is so much
higher.)Maybe Medicare could stand spending a bit more on
administration -- specifically, in the fraud-prevention department?
For all those out there who think it's the patient doing the vast majority of
this fraud (the Geraldo Rivera guy "sucking off the system") this
article should clear up that mistaken concept - it's the people who already have
access to lots of money who are perpetrating the fraud. Doctors, nurses, medical
supply companies, etc. Those few people wrongly on Medicaid are
nothing compared to the huge sums of money these jerks bring in.
*'Controversial Sen. Chris Buttars announces retirement at end of legislative
session' - By Dennis Romboy and Amanda Verzello, Deseret News - 03/11/11 'A lifelong diabetic, the 68-year-old Buttars has suffered poor health
in recent years. "Let me tell you, getting old is not for sissies. It's
tough." *Exclusive: Senator Hatchs $125,000 annual pension?
By Chris Vanocur ABC 4 News 08/10/11 'This, were told, does not
include an annual cost living increase, health benefits or social security. Let's start by people who run for office... and then get
tax paid healthcare, for life.
A good place to look is at medical supply companies sending unwanted and