Dollars Lost to Fraud

$60 Billion Lost Annually

Medicare loses billions of dollars each year due to fraud, errors, and abuse. Estimates place these losses at approximately $60 billion annually, though the exact figure is impossible to measure. The most commonly cited range for all health care fraud estimates is 3 to 10 percent of annual health care expenditures. 

Fraud Convictions

Medicare Fraud Strike Force teams were first established in March 2007 to harness data analytics and the combined resources of federal, state, and local law enforcement entities to prevent and combat health care fraud, waste, and abuse. For information about current activities of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, see the OIG website: https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/strike-force.

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