While the Oxford ethicists who justified infanticide have made the most shocking news Via Meadia has seen in quite a while, it’s not for lack of competition. In another shocking story from Dallas, it appears that a local doctor has been perpetrating the largest case of Medicare fraud by a single doctor in the long history of the program. In cahoots with number of home health agencies, he has spent years “recruiting” medicare beneficiaries to receive payments for medical procedures that were either medically unnecessary or not done at all—to the tune of $375 million. He now faces up to 100 years in prison.
Even by Washington, DC standards, $375 million is real money. Like anybody else accused of a crime, this man deserves a fair trial. One can never rule out the possibility that the government is hyping the case as it tries to position itself as tough on medical fraud. But if the doctor and his compatriots are guilty as charged, it’s hard to think of a sentence that would be too tough.