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Monday, March 28, 2016

Healthcare Scams

Unfortunately, senior citizens are a popular target for healthcare scams. Companies and people take advantage of cognitive decline to overcharge patients and even sometimes recommend harmful products. However, being aware of these scams can keep you and your loved ones prepared. You can avoid healthcare fraud by simply being informed.

One of the biggest scams is fake prescription drugs and pharmacies. Some people will turn to the internet and come across an online pharmacy that has their prescription drugs for a much cheaper price. The only problem is that most of the time, these pharmacies are not real and the drugs they give out are highly ineffective.

Another popular scam against senior citizens is the use of dangerous products and useless medications and products. A lot of seniors will purchase anti-aging products or other products that claim to be beneficial either online or in commercials. The problem with these products is that they can come with serious side effects or may be placebos. The best thing is to consult with your doctor before taking anything they themselves did not prescribe to you.

Healthcare insurance fraud is also a big problem amongst seniors. Seniors make up a large portion of the healthcare industry. This makes them easy scam targets. Being informed can keep you and your family safe and aware.


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