Fix the fraud

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

The health­care fraud scam is re­ally a scam of our lob­by­ist-in­flu­enced govern­ment of­fi­cials (“Re­port: Medi­care fraud pur­suit slug­gish,” ModernHealth­, Aug. 8). In 1995 I wrote to then-Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton and first lady Hil­lary Clin­ton re­gard­ing the fraud, mis­use and abuses within our health­care sys­tem. My pro­posed so­lu­tion was to re­scind the pro­fes­sional li­censes of those con­victed of fraud and re­coup the fi­nan­cial losses from them.

As a reg­is­tered nurse with nearly three decades of pro­vid­ing pa­tient care in nearly all are­nas of health­care de­liv­ery, I have seen the ef­fects of fraud. I firmly be­lieve that if we rid the sys­tem of the bad ap­ples, we will save enough money to fund health­care for all Amer­i­cans with­out in­creases in premi­ums or taxes.

Of course, the Clin­tons were shot down in their at­tempts to even dis­cuss health­care, and now we are faced with forc­ing premi­ums on fam­i­lies who can­not af­ford them and young adults who do not need health in­surance. Amer­i­cans need health­care not more in­surance. Obama, please fix what we have, and do not cre­ate more av­enues for fraud. Joanne Thomp­son

Reg­is­tered nurse Lawrenceville, Ga. the best health­care de­liv­ery sys­tem in the world. It is un­fath­omable why we would even con­sider chang­ing to a health­care sys­tem that is fail­ing in other coun­tries. I find it dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand what cri­te­ria Mod­ern Health­care used to be­stow this “honor,” for a sec­ond time, on Barack Obama. Chick McCoy Ash­land, Ohio

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