According to the article “Fraude a Medicare trastoca imagen de la Isla” by Melissa Correa Velazquez, published on the newspaper El Vocero on February 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s image has been affected by cases of fraud to Medicare, especially now when equity in the designation of funds to the Medicare program have been requested to the United States Congress. Said allegation by the College of Hospital Administrators and Healthcare Services and two economists, arises on the eve of the arrest of three doctors and three other people by the FBI. They were arrested due to a fraud scheme of Medicare for the amount of approximately 1 million dollar.

According to the article some people believe that said arrests affect the trust in Puerto Rico and the relationships with the Medicare program and that they will be adversely affect the request for more funds for said program, as well as to create bad publicity for the Island. On the other hand, others believe that said behavior should not be a reason to not assign more funds to the Medicare program in Puerto Rico, since there exists more fraud incidents in other states, such as the state of Florida and still they are assigned funds.

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