Doctors increasingly refer to their own facilities, GAO says

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

“Patients are at risk and Medicare is wasting money because of doctors who refer patients to facilities they own, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Wednesday,”  Sam Baker writes in The Hill’s Healthwatch. “Congressional Democrats said the findings show that some doctors are lining their own pockets at the expense of patients and taxpayers. “GAO […]

Want to find out health costs? Good luck!

  Meaningful information about health-care prices is difficult for consumers to obtain, the Government Accounting Office has discovered in a report just made public. The GAO report found a number of anomalies: “when GAO contacted physicians’ offices to obtain information on the price of a diabetes screening, several representatives said the patient needs to be […]