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Mass. discovers abuse of free health care pool
San Francisco Chronicle

The Massachusetts Inspector General says a program that pays for medical care for uninsured residents is spending millions of dollars on bogus claims like foot X-rays for headaches and gynecological bills for men.

Inspector General Gregory Sullivan tells the Boston Herald the state’s Uncompensated Care Pool spent $414 million on emergency health care for nearly 1 million claims in 2009.

That included $7 million for ineligible patients, such as nonresidents; $18 million for “medically unlikely” or “medically unnecessary” claims, such the X-rays and gynecological exams; and $6 million in duplicate claims.