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Penis Pumps Are Scamming Medicare!

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Penis pump scandal

There's a scandal afoot! And it's extra scandalous because it involves penis pumps and wasted government money.

Apparently Medicare payments for the $338 devices have increased by over 500% within the last decade, but erectile dysfunction may not be to blame — seedy sellers are!

The government is happy to allow Medicare recipients to use their coverage for penis pumps as long as a doctor prescribes the device as "medically necessary," but they aren't thrilled to be paying for penis pumps that people aren't even using!

Investigators have been challenging more than $8 million in payments made for the devices over the last four years that may have been completely fraudulent. For example, a company in Florida sold 75 pumps to male and female Medicare patients to collect a total of $28,000, but those pumps were NEVER even shipped!

In another case, an Illinois supplier bought penis pumps off the internet that were the equivalent of cheap sex toys, then reshipped the products to Medicare recipients who didn't ask for them. Medicare was charged a rate almost 11 times what the shady supplier initially paid for the pumps, let alone what they were actually worth.

The boom in penis pump sales isn't entirely due to fraud though. Once Medicare stopped allowing patients to use their coverage for ED drugs like Viagra, they turned to the medically approved devices.

The head of one manufacturer simply likens the increased Medicare spending to the notion that "baby boomers are moving into the high-risk part of their lives for ED and they're looking for options to maintain their sex lives."

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