Lavine Joins AG Cuomo at Press Conference on Fraudulent Healthcare Practices

August 13, 2010

Assemblyman Charles Lavine welcomes Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to the Glen Cove Senior Center for a press conference on a healthcare credit card scam targeting elderly and vulnerable residents. (Photo credit Tony Gallego, Gill Associates Photography)

On Monday, Aug. 9, Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine joined New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and other officials at a press conference to warn residents of what Cuomo called a “predatory healthcare scam” in which some doctors, dentists, physical therapists, clinicians and veterinarians are recommending that patients who need financial help with their medical costs get a “healthcare credit card,” such as GE Money’s CareCredit. According to Cuomo, patients are both pressured and deceived into borrowing the money, often for services they did not know they needed and just as often, do not receive. In addition to the illegal nature of the practices, Cuomo stated that what the doctors are doing is a clear conflict of interest. “You can be a doctor or you can be a credit card salesman,” he said.

Assemblyman Lavine agreed, adding, “It is shameful that these professionals are preying on our seniors and other residents when they are at their most vulnerable – when they are ill and unable to afford medical care. I commend Attorney General Cuomo for his tenacious investigation of these predators. ”