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    Re: Medicare Fraud That Will Make You Puke

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Yes! And the wonders of capitalism can solve most this kind of abuse. Instead of paying government investigators $100K a year, pay them that plus 5% of every scheme they uncover. It'd be gone inside two years.
    Medicare already has a rewards program, but maybe a flat 5% would provide the appropriate percentage.

    The problem is that, from where I'm sitting, it isn't necessarily in the best interest of a Medicare staffer to reduce Medicare overall expenditures, since spending less typically means you get less the following year -- at least that's how I understand how high-level corporate and government budgeting works.
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    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Medicare Fraud That Will Make You Puke

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    Medicare already has a rewards program, but maybe a flat 5% would provide the appropriate percentage.

    The problem is that, from where I'm sitting, it isn't necessarily in the best interest of a Medicare staffer to reduce Medicare overall expenditures, since spending less typically means you get less the following year -- at least that's how I understand how high-level corporate and government budgeting works.
    That's how I understand departmental budgeting works, too. But I'm talking about uncovering fraud. Maybe I'm off topic.
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    Re: Medicare Fraud That Will Make You Puke

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Yes! And the wonders of capitalism can solve most this kind of abuse. Instead of paying government investigators $100K a year, pay them that plus 5% of every scheme they uncover. It'd be gone inside two years.
    that's a great idea.

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    Re: Medicare Fraud That Will Make You Puke

    Quote Originally Posted by Crosscheck View Post
    I saw this on 60 Minutes last night. When the title was Medicare Fraud I just assumed it was docs over billing. But this is beyond what I had imagined was happening in our country. It reports that medicare fraud has replaced cocaine as the number one profittable criminal activity in Miami.
    Forget your partisan whining for a moment. This isn't due to Bush or Obama.

    This just goes to show you how we are being screwed by not Islamic terrorists but by good old Americans.

    I was shell shocked watching this at how easy this crime was.
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    Re: Medicare Fraud That Will Make You Puke

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Yes! And the wonders of capitalism can solve most this kind of abuse. Instead of paying government investigators $100K a year, pay them that plus 5% of every scheme they uncover. It'd be gone inside two years.
    Ive made that offer with the military. Keep the $100k. Pay me 2% of everything I save...I get to review all spending. Id retire in 2 years.

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    Re: Medicare Fraud That Will Make You Puke

    What I find just as disturbing as the fraud itself are the number of people who would rather politicize this issue than acknowledge the corruption, i.e., it's socialize medicine, gov't can't run anything as well as the private sector, etc.

    Before health care reform lesgistlation was passed, the President said the Medicare fraud was a big problem and that the cost of Medicare payouts was nearly 1/4 of our national budget annually. Seems to me people should be advocating to strengthen anti-Medicare fraud measures and get behind law enforcement rather than be so glib about the system. As working-class Americans, we're all paying into this system. I'd hate to know it's still just as corrupt when my time comes to use it.

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    Re: Medicare Fraud That Will Make You Puke

    So a govt healthcare program is corrupt; who'd a thunk?
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    Re: Medicare Fraud That Will Make You Puke

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    That's how I understand departmental budgeting works, too. But I'm talking about uncovering fraud. Maybe I'm off topic.
    Yeah, I know what you meant, but when you get right down to it fraud is in and of itself an expense. Since it expends part of the budget, and part of defending your budget is making sure it gets spent . . .
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Medicare Fraud That Will Make You Puke

    The CBS ariticle is a rerun....old news....but still worth repeating.
    My wife's doctor billed her insurance for something, and the insurance paid half again more than was billed. We asked why, insurance company said for the procedure in question, that is what they pay....
    See, even insurance companies are screwing us. If they are willing to pay the doctors more than they ask, they must be charging us too much for the insurance....
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    Re: Medicare Fraud That Will Make You Puke

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    The CBS ariticle is a rerun....old news....but still worth repeating.
    My wife's doctor billed her insurance for something, and the insurance paid half again more than was billed. We asked why, insurance company said for the procedure in question, that is what they pay....
    See, even insurance companies are screwing us. If they are willing to pay the doctors more than they ask, they must be charging us too much for the insurance....
    WHich is why we need to make laws the cut the balls off of doctors and insurance companies.

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