LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Health insurance fraud

Something needs to be done about all the health insurance fraud that is going on in this state, perpetuated by the medical profession.

My daughter’s new doctor’s office (I won’t say who because I am not done with this yet) made her make an appointment to get paperwork filled out and billed it as a medical visit. She was there for no medically necessary reason whatsoever. She sat there and waited for the doctor to fill out the paperwork, although I am told that a nurse came in and took her temperature and blood pressure for no reason whatsoever, I assume that is part of the fraud.

When I complained, someone in the office even said, “Well we could bill it as a physical but she’s already had one of those.”

If they want to charge a small fee for having the doctor fill out paperwork then so be it. But they certainly should not be billing the insurance company for services that were not rendered. That is nothing if not fraud.

Furthermore that is not the first time I have encountered this, I was told by an orthopedic billing office that the doctor “can bill for whatever he wants.” Unbelievable but true.

Diane Marks

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