Coburn says Medicare paid millions to dead doctors, dead beneficiaries, others

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WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Coburn, M.D. (R) Oklahoma highlighted two new reports from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General that show Medicare paid millions to dead doctors, dead beneficiaries, undocumented workers and illegal aliens.

The reports show Medicare wasted $23 million in care on the deceased in 2011, $25 million on dead doctors between 2009-2011, and $29 million for prescription drugs to more than 4,000 unlawfully present beneficiaries between 2009-2011.

“Awarding benefits to the deceased is dead wrong,” Dr. Coburn said. “I am particularly concerned about this latest development because, despite being notified of this problem five years ago, the administration continues to pay dead doctors.

Every individual wrongfully awarded benefits, be it the deceased or undocumented, diverts scarce resources away from those who need it most.

Courtesy Shawnee News Star.

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