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Is Medical Billing Fradulent?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Jul 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

One of the things that come along with chronic and disabling medical conditions is dealing with medical bills. Most of my disabled Tucson clients need to see doctors frequently. They also tend to get a lot of procedures done. This means getting those dreaded medical bills and trying to make sense of them.

A Bicycle Accident And Then Amazing Medical Bills

But, what if there is no way to make sense of them? What if they don't really make sense? What if they are nothing short of a giant fraud? An article in the New York Times addresses this question. The author is a physician named Elizabeth Rosenthal . Her husband, Andrej, was badly injured in a bicycle accident. As a

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result, he saw a lot of doctors and clinics and hospitals. When the bills came rolling in, there were some surprises.

In addition to the usual outrages such as $20 for a pill that anyone can buy at Walgreens for a few pennies, the invoices contained some real shockers. Perhaps worst of all were bills from doctors who had never even seen Andjrej. This included a charge for stitching shut a wound on Andrej's hand from a doctor who did not do the work. 

Five Categories Of Doubtful Debts

Dr. Rosenthal lists five categories of medical bills that struck her as rather close to outright fraud. In each example, the insurance company paid at least some of

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the disputed charges.  Why would the insurers do this? It's complicated, but it can be boiled down to "that's just the way we do things."

Medicare For All?

You need to keep this in mind if you are tempted by Medicare for all proposals. Unless the government employs all the doctors and owns all the hospitals,

Sounds Good, Won't Work

Medicare for all will never work.  The doctors and hospitals are simply too skilled at working the system, including charging for work that was not done, for Medicare to control costs.

Give Up Trying To Understand

I don't think there is any workable solution to this problem. But, now you know not to waste your time trying to understand your medical bills. 

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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