Tips to avoid health care fraud from FBI-Expert, Jennifer Leonard:
- Be cautious with your Medicare card. Never give the number to strangers over the phone.
- Together with you, your personal physician should make your health care decisions but you should have the last word.
- Be suspicious if a doctor you never met prescribe some medicine, service for home care/home health care or supply for you.
- Medical suppliers who contact you out of the blue. Reliable, legitimate companies don’t do this.
- Offers for free medicine or medical equipment are probably a scam.
- Review all your statements and call the number on your statement if something is suspicious for you.
- Report fraudulent activities to: stopmedicarefraud.gov or by phone:
800-Medicare (800-633-4227 or 877-468-2048 (TTY line).
Department of Health and Human Services has hotline: 800-HHS-Tips (800-447-8477)
or TTY 800-377-4950.