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License to Steal: How Fraud Bleeds America's Health Care System

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  16 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Who steals? An extraordinary range of folk--from low-life hoods who sign on as Medicare or Medicaid providers equipped with nothing more than beepers and mailboxes, to drug trafficking organizations, organized crime syndicates, and even major hospital chains. In License to Steal, Malcolm K. Sparrow shows how the industry's defenses, which focus mostly on finding and correc ...more
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Published (first published August 8th 1996)
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George Crowder
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly relevant topic, in light of our debate regarding healthcare insurance and the push towards single payer. Though this is a very, very complex and technical field, Sparrow clearly and engagingly explains the issues, as well as including analogies to fraud detection in other fields, such as credit cards and tax returns (fascinating).

Would love to see an updated or follow-up version of this that includes recent developments and issues raised by the Affordable Care Act.

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Bill
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is by a former British Constable who is now a professor at the Kennedy School of Government. If that isn’t intriguing enough to get you to read this book, let me say that it is the best non-fiction detective story that I’ve read since “The Untouchables” by Elliot Ness (who brought down Al Capone!).

I’m being a little misleading here. “License to Steal” is not really a “story” so much as a social science analysis of Medicare Fraud in the US. On the other hand, Sparrow does an excellent
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Leslie
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The small number of people who have read this book on goodreads probably indicates the poor visibility of, and interest in, the problems of healthcare fraud in the U.S. The book is more than a decade old and there is no telling what changes have occurred. Nonetheless, it provides a chilling look at the myriad ways that the healthcare system is vulnerable to abuses. It emphasizes the importance of the undetected burden of fraud--the total costs of healthcare fraud have amounted to as much as $500 ...more
Timothy Champney
My view of health care fraud. 14 years old but it hasn't changed much.
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