Healthcare Fraud in the new NHS market – a threat to patient care – Centre for Health and the Public Interest – 12 June 2013

Posted on June 18, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Healthcare Fraud in the new NHS market – a threat to patient care – Centre for Health and the Public Interest – 12 June 2013

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“This report sets out the risks posed to patient care as a result of fraud and embezzlement in the new marketised National Health Service in England. It identifies the prospects for fraud in the NHS as a result of the increased use of private providers to deliver key NHS services, and analyses the government’s current approach to counter fraud policy. It finds that the issue of healthcare fraud in England has not been adequately addressed by policy makers in the new NHS market created by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and that a reduction in resources for the counter fraud function has taken place, whilst a weak legal structure for tackling fraud remains in place. It looks at the experience of fraud in the US, where healthcare fraud is estimated to cost the US taxpayer between $ 80 and $98 billion each year, and at the strategies used by the US government to counter this. It notes that many of  the same companies which have engaged in fraudulent activity in the US are at the heart of the new NHS market. Finally, it proposes a number of policy responses for dealing with the likely increase in fraud in the new NHS market.”

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