Thursday, October 21, 2010

Feds Say Mentally Ill Targeted in $200 Million Medicare Fraud

Who commits the Medicare fraud? Not the poor patients! Yet it's usually the patients who get the blame.
"Two Miami health care companies and four owners and senior managers were indicted today in a $200 million fraud scheme that targeted mentally ill patients, federal authorities said. ... Some of these patients were suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia, and were not aware of what was going on. ... Last week, authorities charged an Armenian-American group with operating fictional health care clinics as part of a $163 million scheme to defraud Medicare, Reuters reported."
Whenever there's fraud in any government agency that serves the poor/disabled, it's always the poor who catch the flak for defrauding the government.  Here again are two more examples of how the patients who *get* the blame, are not to blame -- most of them were too addled to have any idea what was going on, so could not be complicit in the crimes. 
Nonetheless, I can guarantee that this will be held up as evidence that patients scam the government, rather than the truth, that it's rich doctors and business owners who commit the fraud and the patients are generally completely unaware that their Medicare numbers are being used fraudulently.
Put the blame where it belongs.  "Blame The Patient" is NEVER appropriate!

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