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Health care dollars lost to fraud are everyone's concern

Release Date: 03/16/2017
Source: Globe and Mail
Staff Reference: Joan Weir

Health care fraud – which costs billions of dollars in North America – poses risks for consumers and health care professionals alike, and is a serious concern for Canada’s life and health insurers, which provide supplementary health coverage to 27 million Canadians and pay over $30-billion every year for health care services delivered to Canadians through their benefit plans.

“Health care fraud and abuse of benefit plans are issues that insurers take seriously,” says Joan Weir, director, Health and Disability Policy, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA). “Canadian health insurers continue to make significant investments in technology, skilled staff and awareness initiatives to mitigate health care fraud.”

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