Two arrested in hospital fraud

Two women were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and obtaining services by deception after attempting to fraudulently receive medical care at the Cayman Islands Hospital on Friday, 30 January.

Police were alerted to the incident after hospital staff noticed that a woman attempting to receive medical care was not the woman who had registered at reception.

‘It would appear that one of the women registered at the front desk with her genuine insurance card and identification,’ said Detective Constable Richard Clarke. ‘These were then passed to the second woman who went on to receive medical care.’

Both women were detained at the hospital until police arrived, a Royal Cayman Islands Police Service press release stated.

‘The Health Services Authority takes seriously any action by the public which could jeopardise the integrity, health and well-being of our patients,’ said Lizzette Yearwood, acting CEO of the Health Services Authority.

‘Fraudulently presenting a health insurance card and claiming to be the patient could have serious implications for one’s health. The quick action by our registration officer in detecting the discrepancy again demonstrates the level of training of our frontline staff and reiterates our commitment to eliminate fraud and abuse from our system.’

The HSA added that insurance ID cards are intended only for the use of the persons whose names it bears and that if a card is lent to someone else the lender, as well as the receiver, are committing fraud.

‘Furthermore, your medical record may bear someone else’s name and details which would create a serious health risk for you in the future,’ added Ms Yearwood.

The two women have been released on police bail pending further investigations.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.