Rehab patient brokering is rampant, but it’s hard to stop, industry says – Orange County Register

Your mother has a heart attack. An ambulance arrives. But instead of taking her to the cardiac center that offers the best health care, or the one that’s closest, the ambulance takes her to the center that pays the ambulance staff the most money.

In virtually every corner of the health care business that practice wouldn’t be tolerated. The exception, experts say, is addiction recovery.

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