I don't doubt there's some fraud going on, but unless you can cite the
source I doubt it's in the thousands. And I mentioned low overhead which
you didn't seem to question.
I wonder if the costs of lowering the fraud rate would exceed the amount
that was saved?
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
I doubt it too. I'd think it is probably in the tens of thousands. Really,
I do. Then the ones fraudulently collecting disability is probably triple
that number. Read the last line in this .
U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands) met today in Houston with
officials from the Social Security Administration ahead of a congressional
hearing next week to examine fraud in the federal disability program. Brady,
who requested the hearing of the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Social
Security, says scammers may be draining up to $11 billion from the Social
Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund that helps more than seven million
"We have a responsibility to taxpayers and the truly disabled to make sure
these precious dollars are not lost to fraud and those trying to game the
system," said Brady, a member of the Social Security panel.
Brady met Monday with Patrick O'Carroll Jr., inspector general of the Social
Security Administration, and leaders of the Houston Co-operative Disability
Investigative (CDI) unit which includes team members from the Social
Security Administration, the Inspector General's office, the state
disability agency and Harris County law enforcement.
Since the Houston unit was formed in 2000, the team has successfully
terminated 1,003 cases, saving taxpayers nearly $90 million. The unit
investigates disability fraud in applicants faking impairments as well as
those concealing work payments or medical improvements while receiving
O'Carroll told the congressman that 14 tax dollars are saved for every
dollar Congress allots to investigate disability fraud allegations. The
Social Security Administration is required to conduct continuing disability
reviews on each case.
In one particularly egregious case from last year, a dead man was actually
put in a wheelchair and brought to a check-cashing store in New York so one
of his friends could cash his check (Source: Reuters 1/9/08).
Why don't we just buy ourselves a doctor?
Let's say you belong to a builder's association with one hundred
Each of the members has been spending $1000.00 per month on family
That creates a theoretical maximum pool of $1,200,000.00 per year.
Let's say an internist earns an average of $200,000.00 per year.
His salary would cost each member $2,000.00 per year.
Since he only has a patient group of four hundred people, he can do
his own damned paperwork and he doesn't need an office because with
only four hundred patients everything would be a house call.
Alright, if you're gonna bitch about medical equipment and other
expenses, let's throw in $50,000.00 a year for that.
So now we have a medical subcontractor at a total cost of $250,000.00
per year divided by one hundred members for a cost of $2500.00 per
year. That's $208.33 per month for primary medical care for a family
That leaves $791.67 per month to pay for catastrophic coverage.
At a cost of $3500.00 per year for that coverage that would be another
$291.67 per month.
Total cost of primary and catastrophic coverage is about $500.00 per
I haven't looked into the cost of buying an actual hospital yet but,
what the hell, we're talking about a builder's group. I'm thinking
$200.00 per square foot including the Chiwanese medical gear we'll get
I don't know why my son thinks that math isn't fun.
That's the best proposal in this thread. I also think that
the group participants ought to be able to pick the nurses
for their, um, non-medical attributes since these almost
certainly enhance healing ...
Tim Daneliuk email@example.com
I have to comiserate with you for the reasons for the drug Anzemet. I just
priced it for my insurance plan through US Healthcare (Medco administered).
Anzemet would cost me $100 for a 90 day supply. I am not familiar with the
drug (lucky me), so I don't know more.
I guess I am lucky to have a good coverage plan ...
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