We, the taxpayers pay an estimated $60 BILLION dollars every year to criminals engaged in health care fraud. A new study reveals that the government (that’s us the hard working taxpayer) is getting robbed blind over fraudulent prescriptions for addictive drugs.
U.S. Senator Tom Carper , Democrat from Delaware called for an investigation. The results and the report are astonishing. The gist of it is that the government has not been checking to make sure the provider numbers on the prescriptions are valid or accurate. Furthermore, pharmacies have been pushing through prescriptions that lacked the requisite valid prescriber number. Therefore, criminals have been able to bilk us out of millions over fake prescriptions.
I was alarmed to read a quote from a government spokesman who essentially said the government operated on blind trust. According to Peter Ashkenaz a spokesman for the Office of Inspector General (OIG),
"In the past the plan[medicare and medicaid] operated with the belief that everybody is honest. When we identify ways of finding who the bad actors are, then we take the steps to tighten it up.”
As it turns out, the study revealed that the government cannot even identify who the top prescribers of addictive drugs are. Not only would this help root out medicare and medicaid fraud, but it could also identify pill mills and keep addictive dangerous drugs off the streets.
“Just as the disturbing as the potential misuse of taxpayer dollars is the threat that these vulnerabilities pose to American communities struggling with illegal drug use,” Senator Carper.
I totally agree with Senator Carper. You see, it’s not just the millions of dollars that are stolen from taxpayers, but think of where these drugs are going? We know there is a high demand and high street value for prescription drugs like oxycontin, xanax, hydrocodone, ritalin, soma, methadone, etc.
Shutting down pill mills and getting dangerous prescription drugs off the streets saves lives.