Scams That Dupe Senior Citizens Into Taking Unnecessary Medical Tests Can Cost Thousands
Genetic testing scams can cost you thousands of dollars!
Cardiovascular genetic testing fraud can occur when Medicare is billed for a cardiac test or screening that:
¯ Was not ordered by your physician
¯ Was not medically necessary
Medicare can deny the cardiovascular test claim, leaving you responsible for the cost of the test. The average cost of the cardiovascular test is between $9,000 and $11, 000.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from an official sounding organization, that claims to be providing free genetic testing kits that will tell you if you have a predisposition to heart disease, cancer or other common conditions, this is a scam and hang up! Scammers always insist the test will be covered by Medicare.
There is only one genetic preventative test that is approved by Medicare, and that is your colonoscopy — it is not a cheek swab!
If you believe you have been a victim of Medicare Fraud or would like a presentation on Medicare Fraud, Patients’ Rights, or Medicare, we offer free services by trained and certified staff. We can be reached at 1-800-333-4373 or online at www.nysenior.org.