Check this out. Jaundiced as I may be, I have a hard time envisioning the doctors, nurses and social workers I have known looting a medical program for the elderly to the tune of $452 million.
The money be made scamming Medicare defies my financial imagination. In February, the Justice Department charged one doctor – just one – with masterminding a scheme that bilked the program for $350 million over the last five years.
Since it was launched in the mid-1960s, Medicare has operated under a philosophy of pay-first, ask-questions-later. The system assumes that the claims it gets …