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  • With your health on the line, medical fraud is certainly something that you would want to be concerned of. Indeed, a lot of people fall prey to fraudulent services every year, causing them to also lose thousands of dollars. Hence, Carlton Church is giving you this short guide on this matter.

    The common types of medical fraud

    Over the years, medical and health care frauds have come up with a variety of tactics to try and fool the system. However, these can often be broken down into several common types.

    1. Counterfeit medical products

    The risk of buying fake medical and health care products is often associated more with mail order and online transactions. As there are no physical products that buyers can inspect and only have images to rely on, there is no way of telling if what you are getting is indeed the real thing. However, counterfeited products can also creep their way into physical stores.

    To avoid this particular scheme, it is best for you to stay clear of obscure pharmacies or those from overseas. Instead, stick to local ones. In case you have no choice but to go through this channel, know all that you can know first about the company you are getting your supplies from and check with authorities if it is indeed listed as a legitimate one.

    2. False product claims

    This particular method of fraud is closely associated with the first one. Here, unscrupulous companies entice potential victims with fanciful claims, such as being able to cure severe diseases in just a few months, weeks, or even days. They often target though who are suffering from such ailments as cancer and heart problems, as they can be desperate enough to grab any “solution”. And this can also lead to them eschewing proper treatment and wasting their money on something that might not even make them feel better.

    As such, it is advised that you carefully scrutinize any claims made for health products and procedures. If these sound too good to be true, then there is a great likelihood that they aren’t. Always consult with your physician first so that he can determine if there is indeed some merit to a particular treatment.

    3. Medical identity fraud

    In recent years, many medical organizations have given warnings regarding medical identity theft. Rather than selling you bogus products, scammers use your personal medical information to get treatments that are then charged to your account. According to authorities, it is estimated that $234 billion worth of medical benefits has been lost through this one.

    To keep safe from identity theft, you have to detect it as early as possible. Read through your billing statements and look for treatments that you are sure you didn’t receive. From there,m contact your insurance company and check with them to see who logged those dubious transactions.

    A few more reminders

    One good way of avoiding potential fraud whenever you get medical services is to record everything. Use a calendar to keep track of your scheduled appointments. Also, note the various treatments and medications you receive or are prescribed to you. Stick only to these and never use purported alternatives unless they are endorsed by your physician himself.

    It is also vital that you only deal with legitimate medical professionals and medicare providers. Keep all your vital medical information to yourself and trusted professionals. It is also essential that you ask a lot of questions to familiar yourself with how everything works.

    Contact us at Carlton Church today to learn more about protecting yourself from medical fraud.
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