(Bloomberg) -- Federal and state governments recovered $18.3 billion between 2008 and 2012 from lawsuits and criminal cases claiming health-care companies overbilled, according to an advocacy group that encourages whistle-blowers.

Taxpayers Against Fraud, a Washington-based group, released a study showing total health-care recoveries, excluding whistle- blower payments, rose to $5.8 billion last year from $1.5 billion in 2008. Those totals include criminal fines and state false claims recoveries, two figures not normally tallied.

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