Health care settlements

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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The big business of health care fraud

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Every year since 2010, the Department of Justice has recovered at least $2 billion from hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical firms and other health care companies for allegedly defrauding the federal government.

The big picture: Federal fraud settlements from the health care industry totaled $2.5 billion in the 2018 fiscal year alone, according to newly released figures. A look at those settlements shows the wide variety of tactics health care companies have allegedly used to steer money to themselves.

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