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WHAT DOES THIS VERY AMERICAN HEALTHCARE SCANDAL HAVE TO DO WITH THE FUTURE OF THE NHS?

As scandals go, this one erupted with more of a whimper than a bang. Documents unsealed in February in the U.S revealed details of a five-year-old lawsuit against Minneapolis-based Healthcare behemoth United Health after the U.S Department of Justice joined the case against the company.




The lawsuit alleges United Health overcharged Federal Health Insurance provider Medicare by billions of dollars by overstating it’s member’s illnesses. The suit was brought by a whistleblower, named in the documents as former United Health executive Benjamin Poehling. In the U.S, it is normal for the specifics of such lawsuits to be sealed against public disclosure while the allegations are investigated by the Justice Department.

The specifics of the case involve Medicare Advantage, a 2003 scheme in which the over-65’s can access healthcare through Medicare-approved private Health Maintenance Organisations (HMO’s) – such as United Health and it’s subsidiaries – who are then reimbursed by the Government. …

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