26 March 2010

What a government anti-fraud investigation looks like.

Here’s an excerpt from an interesting post about one physician’s experience with a a bad-faith government investigation of his hospital:
But forgive DrRich if he believes it is more likely that the experience he has just related represents instead an early glimpse into the government’s methods of intimidating and controlling doctors who, without these kinds of necessary checks, will, in caring for their patients, simply keep doing whatever they’d like with the government’s money. DrRich happens to believe that the utter unpredictability, arbitrariness, doggedness and seeming absurdity of the government’s actions in his own case was not accidental. These techniques are essential to the Feds’ goal of keeping their prey (i.e., physicians) intimidated, completely off balance, and in their thrall.

As evil as we all know the health insurance industry to be, DrRich (and any physician who knows anything about it) would much rather attempt to appeal to/defy/maneuver against/manipulate private insurers for the benefit of their patients (since the worst these entities can do is withhold payment), than do anything whatever - either for the patient’s benefit or for any other reason - that would risk engendering the enmity of the great, slavering, merciless sovereign authority.

Just a thought, as we embark on our new government-controlled healthcare system.
"How DrRich Became Radicalized." By Richard N. Fogoros, The Covert Rationing Blog -- Healthcare Rationing in America, 3/16/10.

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