Beware of Offers for “Free” Foot Spas

Beware of Offers for “Free” Foot Spas

A free foot spa? Sounds pretty good, huh?  Yet, according to the Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI), this is a new Medicare scam and is exactly what some telemarketing scammers are offering to Medicare Part D beneficiaries. Beneficiaries who say yes are given a doctor’s prescription that instructs on the mixing of antibacterial and/or anti-fungal medications with water for soaking one’s feet. This is a questionable practice, and for most beneficiaries, such a medicated foot soak/spa is both medically unnecessary and has the potential to cause harm.

If you or someone you know is offered a “free” foot spa, say no, hang up, and report the incident to our California Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) at 1-855-613-7080. Remember, any offer for “free” services covered by Medicare is a red flag, and Medicare does not cover “foot spas”.

Karen Fletcher
Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.