The reason there are so many requirements on things like health insurance is because there are those who would abuse the privilege for monetary gain. An example of this is a scheme that was unmasked last Thursday, revealing a $712 million scam.
According to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, it was the biggest case of criminal health care fraud in the Justice Department’s History.
The arrests included nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals. They were charged with alleged fraud schemes, that include fake claims to Medicare and Medicaid for poor individuals for medicines, treatments, and other medical procedures that were either not necessary or were never given.
The sweep across the nation for fraudsters was led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
A large number of the fraudsters came from Florida, a known hub of medical fraud. One case in Michigan even had a doctor prescribing narcotics to a patient so that the patient would give them their identification information so falsify billings.
According to Lynch, “In the days ahead, the Department of Justice will continue our focus on preventing wrongdoing and prosecuting those whose criminal activity drives up medical costs and jeopardizes a system that our citizens trust with their lives.”