Costly Tests on the Elderly

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In a new scam uncovered by the WSJ, “doctors are testing seniors for drugs such as heroin, cocaine and ‘angel dust’ at soaring rates, and Medicare is paying the bill.”  This is being done by pain specialists who can now make more by testing than they can from treating.  In fact, Medicare’s spending on 22 high-tech tests for drugs of abuse hit $445 million in 2012, up 1,423% in five years.  One doctor they interviewed, Dr. Robert Wadley, received $1.4 million for drug tests on his own patients.  Are you f%cking kidding me?   You can go out of business as a primary doc listening to too Medicare patients in a day trying to bill a 99214 and yet these guys are making millions over ordering tests!  I think I am going to be sick.

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