by Deb Cupples | As I've been saying since I started blogging nearly three years ago, waste, fraud and abuse on the part of private contractors have contributed heavily to our nation's outrageous health care costs. [Examples are linked at the end of this post.]
Medicare is known for being a target of contractors' waste, fraud, and abuse -- and contractors often got away with it during the Bush Administration, due to Mr. Bush's tendency to turn a blind eye to the bad conduct of private companies.
How rampant is Medicare fraud? The Justice Department states that -- in 2008, alone -- Medicare Fraud
Strike Forces "secured 588 criminal convictions; obtained 337 civil
administrative actions against individuals and organizations who were
committing Medicare fraud, and recovered more than a $1 billion in
health care fraud monies under the False Claims Act."
Yesterday, the Justice Department announced that it is at least planning to focus on preventing Medicare fraud (kudos to the Justice Department):