The latest Israeli health care scandal involves the fraudulent filing of an insurance claim for an operation billed as a cancer treatment.
The fraudster’s company, Covered California, had billed for an X-ray, which would have revealed a benign tumor in the arm.
The fraudster had claimed the cancer was benign, but the X-rays showed it was in fact cancerous, according to the indictment.
The insurance company, however, had paid the wrong hospital and the hospital had paid to have the cancer removed, according the indictment, and the insurance company then charged the fraudulent company for the surgery, which had been billed as an outpatient operation.
The hospital paid the fraudulent bill for $300,000.
The case was the subject of an investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.