Steer clear of health insurance scams
How to spot and stop health insurance scams
Medical and health insurance scams are rampant. Both government and private initiatives have renewed their focus on preventing health insurance fraud and abuse. Michael Williams, director of communications and membership of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, says new and better technology, improved awareness, and more widely available information combine to combat fraud. Williams adds that while the majority of physicians run honest practices, consumers must also step up to the plate to prevent fraud.
"Pay attention, do your research, read your EOBs (explanations of benefits) and beware of free offers," he says.
Read on to discover some of the most common health insurance scams making the rounds and ways experts like Williams say you can guard against becoming another victim.