2009-08-21 / Letters

Medicare Fraud

Dear Editor,

I read about Medicare abuses and I'm concerned that the system will fall apart due to the high cost of health care. In November 2007 I spent a few days in a local hospital; I will not go into the treatment I received or professionalism of the staff, since it is irrelevant to the issue I'm writing about.

When my stay at the hospital was over, I requested a copy of my paid hospital bill, which I needed in order to submit a claim to my private insurance. When I examined the bill I could not believe my own eyes, seeing what Medicare was charged for medication I had not received and services that had not been provided. I concluded that a fraud has been perpetrated against Medicare, the institution I'm grateful to for the services it renders to the seniors and to disabled Americans.

As a citizen who is concerned about abuses to the system, I made a call to Medicare to make them aware what is going on in that facility, since I believed that my case was not the only instance of this fraud nor that this facility is the only one to bilk the system that is so vital to us seniors and disabled, as well as those who are approaching retirement age.

When I spoke with someone at Medicare I was told to call the hospital and complain to them about the fraud. I believe that it is Medicare's business and duty to investigate these kinds of allegations. The person I spoke with consulted someone and I was informed that it is too costly to investigate those kinds of charges; yes, too costly that was what I was told. It is no wonder that fraud caused by greed and dishonesty will bankrupt Medicare, an institution so vital to senior citizens and the disabled… If this is the way the government runs Medicare, just imagine what will happen if Obama's Healthcare plan should be approved and implemented.

JOSEPH CEDER

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