Healthcare fraud affects everyone. It affects the quality of all healthcare and can increase healthcare costs. Billions of dollars are lost each year because of fraud. It can also harm people when services are given that are unneeded.
The most common kinds of fraud are:
- Billing for services that were not needed
- Prescribing medicines that are not needed
- Billing for services that were never provided to a patient
- Billing for more expensive services when a cheaper or easier service was provided
Recent laws have helped combat healthcare fraud by making it easier for the government to get back money obtained by fraud and making it a crime to get in the way of an investigation.