In February, authorities announced the largest health care scam in the nation's history: a Dallas area doctor who allegedly defrauded Medicare out of $375 million. With figures like that, heath care fraud is now estimated to be more lucrative than the illegal drug trade. In this week's "SoCal Connected," correspondent Michael Okwu takes a look at a Los Angeles-based "ghost clinic" to understand how crooks swindle Medicare out of billions of dollars each year, and why officials aren't doing much to prevent it.
Then, in the next installment of "Your Turn to Care" -- our special series on elder care --
Chip Phillips and his wife Julie consult an attorney for guidance navigating their new roles as caregivers when Chip's elderly father needs help.
Finally, satirist Brian Unger ponders how much we Californians dote on our dogs -- so much so that caring for their health has resulted in something of a veterinary-industrial complex.