Health care fraud in America is costing an estimated $80 billion a year. Who's paying the tab? You Are. CNBC takes you inside the crackdown on a nationwide epidemic.
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One of the most expensive aspects of the U.S. health care system is fraud. It's happening across the country. Doctors, pharmacists, home health care providers and sometimes even patients…hustling the system. Conservative estimates put health care fraud in the U.S. at $80 billion each year — some say the real number is closer to $160 billion. That's U.S. taxpayer money going into the hands of criminals instead of care.
Award-winning Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn and the CNBC Investigations Inc. team spent six months on the front lines with a joint strike force taking down alleged health fraudsters and criminal rings accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid out of millions. The strike force — one of nine across the country — is at the heart of a two-year federal crackdown on fraud, and "Health Care Hustle" examines whether it is working