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Thanks for your learned and insightful comments on this topic.:thumb:We are constantly trying to weed out the bad apples and it is usually not too difficult at the staff level (hospital staff - where you get to know your colleagues quite well) but can be almost impossible to do outside an organized environment (such as a hospital or group practice).
I spent 2 years as Chief of Medicine in our community hospital and a lot of the administrative work was trying to maintain professional work ethics and making sure the staff physicians got their records done on time; didn't deliver sloppy care - especially when it led to an adverse outcome, etc. But, medicare fraud costs us about 30+ billion annually. Even organized crime is in on it - the mob basically puts their docs into a practice in some 1 stop sign town in the middle of nowhere and then fraudulently bills for procedures never performed and even bill for patients long since deceased (sounds kinda like the votes in elections which are found to be cast by dead citizens - LONG dead citizens). And CMS (Centers for Medicare/Medical Services) spends a lot trying to police the system but it can be a daunting task - kinda like looking for a speck of dust in outer space. They do have a budget and limited resources to police the system. If you observe or suspect something, please bring it up as pointed out in the OP.
Hi ShaneX,I heard that for every advance that a pharmaceutical company makes, there appears to be something terrible that it does. There are many wonderful drugs, but an equal amount of illegal tactics and other abuses such as Medicare and Medicaid scam. Well, it sounds hilarious, right? Get further information here: Pharmaceutical Medicare and Medicaid fraud runs rampant