I-"Medicaid Probe - A Cold? Take 3 Doctors Every Hour" - William Sherman - New York Daily News

I-"Medicaid Probe - A Cold? Take 3 Doctors Every Hour" - William Sherman - New York Daily News

by: William Sherman | publication date: January 23, 1973 | Publication: New York Daily News | pages: 7

Disguised as a welfare client complaining of a cold, a reporter with a medicaid card wandered into a group medical office in Ozone Park, Queens, one day last week and asked to see a doctor.

The patient was first sent to a foot doctor, then twice to an internist with instructions to come back a third time, and then to a psychiatrist who arranged for weekly visit. On his second visit, the patient was given an electrocardiogram, three blood tests, two urine tests and a chest X-ray.

The first article of a Pulitzer-prize-winning series exposing medicaid fraud by New York Daily News reporter William Sherman, who posed as a patient with a cold looking to see a doctor. He saw several.

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