Medicine: The Medicaid Scandal

Medicaid, the $14.7-billion-a-year program designed to provide free medical care for those who cannot afford to pay, has been a blessing to millions of Americans. But because of widespread cheating and skyrocketing costs, the system is fast becoming a national scandal. This week the Senate Subcommittee on Long-Term Medical Care is holding hearings in Washington on Medicaid fraud in clinical laboratories. Says Subcommittee Member Pete Domenici, a Republican from New Mexico: "The system is ripe for plucking. Medicaid ranks as one of the highest ripped-off federal programs."

One sample of the fraud...