It does not take long to find examples of people being accused of trying to defraud the system of government-provided health care. Take, for example, the recent story of a doctor in Englewood, New Jersey who is being charged with health care fraud in connection with charges for office visits that never took place, or prescription refills billed as office visits. His case, which will be heard in a federal court in Newark, is not unusual.
The seeming pervasiveness of fraudulent activity on the part of both providers and recipients of federally-funded health care programs has led to more determined efforts by the federal government to identify such activity and to prosecute it. A search for examples of Medicare and Medicaid abuse also quickly reveals federal government initiatives to combat it. the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team Task Force and the Medicare Fraud Strike Force being two examples.