Medicare fraud by providers is rampant and government bulk-billing figures are a ‘lie’, review finds | Health | The Guardian

A comprehensive review of Medicare claiming has found a primary cause of illegal billing is ignorance by health care providers.

Faux says the government is turning a “blind eye” to illegal billing and that the bulk-billing statistics presented by officials are a “lie”. “Bulk-billing statistics have become nothing more than a powerful gaslighting tool because they make us think we must be imagining out-of-pocket medical costs,” Faux said.“The more we continue to believe this lie, the more we are contributing to Medicare’s slow demise, and sending our own out-of-pocket costs further up.”

  The report on Faux’s findings have been sent to the auditor general’s office and the health minister. Faux said most of the time the illegal billing activity flies under the radar because very few people check their Medicare records, and even if they did, most would not understand what they see. A common example of illegal billing she sees is patients having to pay a fee, despite their records saying they were bulk-billed.

Source: Medicare fraud by providers is rampant and government bulk-billing figures are a ‘lie’, review finds | Health | The Guardian

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