Much touted low administrative costs for Medicare are no bargain.

How often have you heard a politician compare the admin costs of Medicare with private insurance. They say it’s low cost a good thing; it’s not.

Medicare does not adequately manage health care claims and below is a small example of what it leads to.

In 2017 it’s estimated that Medicare lost $60 billion to fraud or about 10% of total claims, but the actual number is unknown and has been estimated to be as much as 30% of claims. It’s no wonder as Medicare is prevented by law from scrutinizing claims the way private insurance does. There are always consequences to political decisions.

N.Y. eye doctor pays nearly $2.1M to settle health fraud accusations

Kenneth Felder and his New York-based ophthalmology practice Metropolitan Retina Associates agreed to pay close to $2.1 million to the US government to resolve a civil fraud lawsuit accusing them of violating the False Claims Act and defrauding Medicare and Medicaid. The settlement resolves allegations that Felder and his practice submitted fraudulent claims to Medicaid and Medicare for substandard or worthless fluorescein angiography tests and undocumented or unprovided ophthalmic ultrasounds.

Hey, it’s only your premiums and tax dollars.

One comment

  1. Many times I think people are CRAZY! They want government run healthcare, single payer and think they will not have to pay for it. Just look at the VA Hospital SNAFU, are they stupid enough to want to wait months to see a doctor. Income tax rates will have to be 40 to 50 percent, for everyone, to pay for it, I can’t wait, NOT!


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