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November 04, 2005


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Educators and state employees are right to be concerned about access to local hospitals and doctors under United Healthcare. Unfortunately, these concerns are just the tip of the iceberg.

Georgia’s health care providers should be equally anxious about the $2.4 million fine imposed last month by the Department of Insurance for UHC’s delayed reimbursement for as many as 80,000 claims filed by doctors and hospitals.

Not to mention the many multi-million-dollar settlements United Healthcare has paid in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida and Illinois “ just to name a few” for alleged violations of the False Claims Act. Charges of double-billing and falsification of costs to both state and federal agencies should have given state officials and Governor Perdue long pause before UHC was awarded not one but two state contracts, with options to renew for the next four years.

Like an iceberg, United Healthcare is a mammoth insurance company with hidden hazards and controversy miles deep. Georgia state employees, educators, health care providers and taxpayers may be paying for the state’s shortsightedness for years to come.

Looks like Doctors don't hestitate to sue when they feel wronged. How would they have fekt if their damages had been "capped."

And who will ultimately pay for the millions awarded to the doctors?

The patients.

Will the doctors now lower prices?


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