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    Fraud rife in home care


    This Wednesday, La Libre Belgique and La Dernière Heure reported that, in 2013, dozens of home-care nurses made fraudulent charges for home care to the tune of 2.17 million euros. The information came from the latest annual report by the Assessment and Medical Inspection Service (SECM) of the Inami (National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance). SECM aims to ensure optimal use of health care insurance resources and benefits. In 2013, it inspected 230 cases of nursing home care.  More than half of these cases (126) showed irregularities in the reason for the healthcare services, at the expense of Social Security.

    Many of the irregularities regarded, among others, fictional services and inflated or unnecessary care packages, the whole coming to a total of 2.17 million euros.

    As a result, SECM has decided to boost its inspections in the home-care sector.

    Lars Andersen (Source: Belga)