Crime doesn’t pay when it comes to defrauding Medicare or Medicaid. But our crime-fighting efforts do.
Over these past three years, every dollar we’ve invested to fight fraud and abuse has returned $8.10 to the American taxpayer. We recovered a record-breaking $4.3 billion last year and $19.2 billion over the last five years.
Today, we released a joint HHS-Justice Department report that tells more of this story. Click here to read it.
Let me give you a couple of examples:
Cases like these will put other potential fraudsters on notice that the government will go after anyone who would steal from our most vulnerable neighbors, friends, and families. A majority of funds recovered by the government goes right back into providing better care and addressing fraud.
Our ultimate goal, of course, is to prevent any taxpayer dollar from going to waste. We have more to do to reach that goal. But today’s report shows that we’re making substantial and significant progress in the fight against health care fraud.