The state of New Mexico has initiated the Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation Prevention Program that will train medical professionals to spot financial fraud against the elderly, the associated press reports.
The program seeks to train doctors, nurses and staff to spot signs of financial fraud, so they can refer patients to state regulators and other social services.
State Securities Department spokeswoman Bernice Geiger says it’s important to involve doctors because they’re in a position to know which patients might be susceptible to scams.
A potential drawback of the program is that doctors and health professionals spend only a limited amount of time with patients, and their focus is medical care. Mexico Medical Society president Dr. Lynn Bryant said.
It may be difficult for someone without direct knowledge of a persons finances to spot signs of financial fraud, but it is possible. Elderly patients have relationships with their doctors and some may be comfortable discussing finances along with their health.
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