How to tell if your doctor is a fraudster
A doctor who appears to be trustworthy on social media has been accused of fraud.
Health care provider Apria Health is accused of using fake doctor certifications to sell health insurance to its patients.
The Canadian health care company was accused of misleading consumers by using fake medical credentials and using the same credentials for all its clinics, including a pharmacy in Halifax, the CBC News website reported.
It is the latest example of the rise of fake health care professionals, many of which are not licensed doctors, and the increasing use of “health tourism,” the website reported on Tuesday.
Api, which operates in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, told CBC News in a statement that its staff was trained to be truthful with patients.
It said the allegations against Apria are “not based on any evidence and are baseless.”
The allegations against the Canadian company stem from a case in which Apria and two of its staff, a certified medical professional and a registered nurse, allegedly misled patients about the use of their medical credentials to purchase health insurance coverage.
The alleged fraud was uncovered when the CBC investigated a complaint lodged by the Nova Scotia Health Authority.CBC News has been unable to verify the authenticity of the complaint.
The CBC News investigation revealed that Apria, a specialty provider of health care services to adults and seniors, is also a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Health Care Professionals (CAPHP), a group of roughly 3,000 health care providers that represents nearly 400,000 physicians.
In addition to Apria’s alleged practices, the report also alleged that the group has been involved in similar frauds at other health care companies in the past.
The health care provider is now working with health regulators to identify and stop the other alleged health care frauds.
The CABHP has been the subject of a number of complaints since the CBC investigation was launched.
The complaints allege that Apua Health misled patients, health plans, the Canadian Health Act, the Consumer Protection Act and the Canadian Medicare and Medicaid Act.CBCNews contacted Apria for comment.
The company did not respond by press time.
The company was also accused of providing misleading health care information to patients in Canada.
In a statement to CBC News, the company said that it “is committed to being fully transparent and truthful with our clients and their families and we work diligently to ensure that our staff, patients and other parties are informed of any concerns they may have.”