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McCall sounds familiar but it's a kinda common name. I'm sure I'll recognize some when they pop-up. Maybe this will reign in the 3-4 crazy pain med clinics we have.
 

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I don't understand how he could be "surprised"; are they really that ignorant? Just tell them to go spend a week in a low-income clinic. Screaming irate patients saying they lost their pills and need a new 90-day fill. I hear all the best stories from my mom (a nurse) at her clinic. Some of the stuff she tells me still spins my head.

The first time they devoted their resources to this instead of other drug deals...imagine that. Medicare fraud would seem like a much higher priority to me than busting the 20-year-old kid growing pot in his basement.
 

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A while back, there were numerous reports stating that 10% of Medicare's budget is fraudulent payments.

That $46 BILLION a year. Imagine how many uninsured and underinsured people could have their bills paid - and no, I do not want universal Medicare.
 

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A while back, there were numerous reports stating that 10% of Medicare's budget is fraudulent payments.

That $46 BILLION a year. Imagine how many uninsured and underinsured people could have their bills paid - and no, I do not want universal Medicare.

10% of Medicare or 10% of Medicaid is fraudulent?
 

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Good to see.

You wonder how many others are like this.Nothing beats those new york residents who are on medicaid but drive escalades all day long.
 

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Good to see.

You wonder how many others are like this.Nothing beats those new york residents who are on medicaid but drive escalades all day long.
This. Being from NY, I couldn't tell you how many people I see at the grocery store buying crap with food stamps and then get into their brand new model car. I said it once, I'll say it again; I'd move back to NY in a heartbeat after graduating if the financial side of things ever gets straightened away. But I'm not counting on that happening in this lifetime.
 

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10% of Medicare or 10% of Medicaid is fraudulent?
Those stories were about Medicare, but I've heard the same thing about Medicaid. I'm not talking about ineligible people getting benefits; it's more about fraudulent billing practices.
 

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Those stories were about Medicare, but I've heard the same thing about Medicaid. I'm not talking about ineligible people getting benefits; it's more about fraudulent billing practices.
Sorry, still confused. The article linked in the OP and the title of this thread reference MediCAID. I was asking if your figure of 10% fraud was Medicare or Medicaid. Do you have a reference?