Medicare’s ‘drugs for the deceased’ costing taxpayers

November 1, 2014 5:58 AM

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Medicare pays for medications even after a patient has died, and it is costing American taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the Health Department’s inspector general.

US Health Department investigators first raised eyebrows when they noticed a disproportionate amount of coverage for AIDS drugs dispensed to Medicare beneficiaries back in 2012. While sexually transmitted diseases are becoming an increasing problem among older people, that did not really explain the...

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