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Health care scams around the nation: Cities pay the price

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Medical con artists bilk victims for thousands of dollars.

Health care fraud around the nation can lead to victims losing thousands of dollars.

Weiss & Paarz Medical Malpractice Attorneys, a firm that handles claims in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, analyzed Better Business Bureau data that tracked health care fraud across the United States.

The firm’s analysis, “The U.S. Cities With the Most Healthcare Scams,” found March historically is the month with the most health care scams reported. There’s some good news: Over the last five years, there has been a decrease in the total numbers of scams and dollars lost.

But the fraud can be costly, with losses sometimes reaching into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Three cities in California landed on the list of top 10 places reporting losses of five digits or more.

The best way to protect against health care scams is to guard your patients’ personal health information and tell them to do the same, taking care to safeguard their personal data online.

Here are the top 10 cities for total losses due to health care scams around the United States, based on incidents reported to the Better Business Bureau from January 2015 to September 2022.

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