Government going after health care fraud hard

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 2:37 p.m.

    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.

  • TheProudDuck Newport Beach, CA
    Aug. 31, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    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?

  • Petra Sanpete County, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 10:39 a.m.

    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.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    *'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.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Aug. 31, 2011 8:42 a.m.

    A good place to look is at medical supply companies sending unwanted and unneeded supplies.