Police probe hospital fraud
November 21, 2011
The main hospital serving Buskerud County, located in Drammen, is under police investigation for allegedly charging the state for funds to which it was not entitled, through fraudulent patient registration.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that doctors at the hospital have registered out-patients treated with minor surgical procedures as having been admitted when they in fact did not spend the night at the hospital. The incorrect number of registered admissions meant the hospital received more money from the state that it would have for patients who actually went home on the same day they underwent treatment.
An official at the state health agency Vestre Viken Helseforetak told NRK that the problem does not involve any incorrect treatments or diagnoses for patients, but rather that on an accounting basis, the hospital has overcharged the state.
It remained unclear how much money may have been overcharged by the hospital in Drammen, but it’s believed to involve millions of Norwegian kroner.
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