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Health care is a ripe target for federal fraud claims

Data: U.S. Department of Justice; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

Since 1987, health care companies have paid almost $39 billion to the Department of Justice to settle various allegations of fraud. The amounts have increased steadily over time, and the vast majority of settlements come from whistleblower cases, where employees inside health care companies report alleged wrongdoing and get a cut of the deal.

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