Workers’ compensation fraud is a $30 billion business in the United States. In California, it is estimated that workers’ compensation fraud costs the state between $1 billion and $3 billion annually.
Marin County Deputy District Attorney Nicole Pantaleo and CA Department of Insurance Captain Eric Williams create a context for the general public to understand the scope of medical insurance fraud, what it looks like, how people are lured into believing they are getting appropriate medical care, when, in fact, they are involved in a scam. Dangers include that targeted people do not get the care they need, or they get care that may harm them.
Anyone seeking medical care need to make sure that they actually see their medical doctors, and they need to check their bill to confirm that services listed were ones they actually received. While typically people do receive care from licensed, reputable providers, everyone needs to exercise caution to avoid becoming involved in medical insurance fraud, and to take action by contacting fraud prevention services.