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Fraud in Chronic Pain Care – Chronic Pain patients being charged for interventional pain procedures that never happened

More from Adele Ferguson and Chris Gillett on the over-treatment and overcharging from some anaesthetists and surgeons when treating chronic pain patients.

It uses the same phrase that I used in my article – chronic pain patients are ‘cash cows’. And as one of the people in the article stated, its a betrayal.

People living with severe chronic secondary pain, those disabled by pain, are the ones most often having international pain procedures. And we are amongst the most vulnerable in our communities. To take aim at this group of people is quite abhorrent. We are already under-represented by chronic pain advocacy organisations.

I understand that it’s not the patients who are paying, but Medicare and private health funds. The flow-on effect is that this pushes up premiums, making health insurance unaffordable for those who need it the most. And we all know that Medicare is woefully underfunded and struggling.

I honestly believed that this was a problem of a very few doctors rorting the system….but it does seem it may be far more widespread. Either way, an investigation is warranted, and changes to the system must be made urgently.

I hope these journalists continue to dig into the issue and expose those who are doing harm to people living with severe, disabling chronic secondary pain.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-01/medical-bills-reveal-fraud-and-exploitation-of-medicare/103784522

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