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HRM CA | 25 Apr 2014, 06:59 AM Agree 0
Author claims $90k disability benefits for agoraphobia, while travelling the world and working in Argentina.
  • Laura | 28 Apr 2014, 09:21 AM Agree 0
    This is real shame for the people out there that are truly disabled. Mental health issues can truly be disabling and it infuriating that this woman got away with faking this for so long. I would like to know how she was successful, because one would expect she'd have to have medical proof of her issues. I would hope that she would be assessed by at least 2 qualified medical professionals, and THEN provide appropriate and ongoing therapy/support to help her get back into the community, or at least function beyond her bedroom.
    I can't imagine this was done if she was able to get away with all that she did. Its because of people like her that abuse the system that ruin it for others that really need it.
  • Ann | 28 Apr 2014, 04:53 PM Agree 0
    The case points to a flaw in the system. In cases of mental illness, physicians are forced to rely on self-reported symptoms. There's no blood test for agoraphobia. Physicians are accustomed to believing their patients. A committed scam artist can get away with fraud, unless insurance companies are prepared to engage in expensive (and often inconclusive) surveillance and the courts are willing to punish fraudsters severely. The real victim is not the insurance company (who will increase premiums anyway), but the 1000s of real victims of illness who are treated the increasing skepticism by insurance companies because they don't want to be defrauded again.
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