Health fraud costs billions in US

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 01 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:823

People who commit health care fraud in the US are unlikely to get caught, a Senate special committee heard last week. Senator Bill Cohen of Maine, chairman of the 19 member panel of the US Senate Special Committee on Aging, whose staff has been investigating health care fraud for the past three years, said that as much as a tenth of the amount spent on health care is lost to fraud and abuse each year.

A parade of witnesses, beginning with Louis Freeh, the director of the Federal Bureau …

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