When you think of fraudulent activities, you may think of secret meetings or phone calls, “sketchy-looking” people, and dark alleys. But everyday examples of benefits fraud are surprisingly common. It can be committed by service providers and plan members, intentionally or unknowingly.
“Benefits fraud is more widespread than it should be,” said Stephen Frank, President and CEO of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, “in part because many people don’t understand that it is an actual crime.”
If caught engaging in health and dental benefits fraud, you not only risk losing your benefits, but also your job or you could face criminal charges. In some cases, it can even lead to prison time.
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Source: Canadians underestimate consequences of health and dental benefits fraud, Nationalpost.com, Duncan Pike, November 2, 2018
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If you wish to report suspected fraud, please use the telephone number or links below to provide a tip directly to the individual insurer.
For members of the Employee Life and Health Trusts (ELHT) and OTIP:
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