Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Doctors Cash In on Drug Tests for Seniors, and Medicare Pays the Bill - WSJ - WSJ

Read the full article: Doctors Cash In on Drug Tests for Seniors, and Medicare Pays the Bill - WSJ - WSJ:

"Doctors are testing seniors for drugs such as heroin, cocaine and “angel dust” at soaring rates, and Medicare is paying the bill.

It is a roundabout result of the war on pain-pill addiction.

Medical guidelines encourage doctors who treat pain to test their patients, to make sure they are neither abusing pills nor failing to take them, possibly to sell them.

Now, some pain doctors are making more from testing than from treating."

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