While Planned Parenthood wants everyone to believe it is the “most trusted” women’s reproductive health organization, both state governments and its own employees know better.
In recent years, a number of PP’s own employees have filed whistleblower lawsuits claiming PP has defrauded the state and federal governments.
In 2008, P. Victor Gonzalez, a former financial executive of PP in California, filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood affiliates in California. He stated they overcharged the state and federal governments by at least $180 million for birth-control pills. This was despite internal and external warnings that its billing practices were improper.
In 2010, Sue Thayer, former manager for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (PPH), charged that PP filed false claims with Medicaid and fraudulently received $28 million in taxpayer funding.
In 2011, Karen Reynolds, an employee of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, charged in a lawsuit that PP had specifically instructed its employees to bill the government for services never performed.
Also in 2011, Abby Johnson, former director of the PP clinic in Bryan, Texas, filed a whistleblower lawsuit charging that her PP affiliate knowingly sent in about $6 million in false claims to Medicaid and took steps to cover up its acts.
In addition, many states have conducted audits of PP facilities and have documented the same kinds of problems brought up in the lawsuits. A sample of those state audits:
California – A 2004 audit found that Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside Counties overcharged the government $5,213,645.92 for oral contraceptives. Planned Parenthood was supposed to charge the government the cost of the pills. Instead, it charged a much higher price.
Washington – A 2009 audit found Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest overcharged the government $629,142.88. The audit found Planned Parenthood was charging excessive amounts for contraceptives and distributed and charged for prescription medication without having valid prescriptions.
New York City – A 2017 Medicaid audit determined that Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Center in New York City was found to have overcharged Medicaid $27,658.77 which included double billing—billing Medicaid for services provided to patients who were already enrolled in the provider’s HMO network.
In July, 2011, Americans United for Life issued a full report, The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood, that documents these and other problems with PP.
It would appear Planned Parenthood is in the business of making money, not providing real health care.