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leahdudowicz Aug 25, 11:00 a.m.
The American Medical Association is very concerned about seniors’ access to physicians under Medicare. By January 1, the Medicare physician payment cut will rise to a whopping 30 percent and will put seniors’ health in great jeopardy. Already, about one in four Medicare patients looking for a new primary care physician are having trouble finding one. About one in five physicians are already limiting the number of Medicare patients they treat because of the threat of future payment cuts and the already low the Medicare payment rates. Physicians are struggling to keep their doors open to all Medicare patients when payments are so far below the cost of providing care. Congress must stop the cut and fix the broken Medicare physician payment system to protect and preserve access to health care for today’s seniors and the baby boomers who begin aging into Medicare next year.
-American Medical Association
awomnsptofview Aug 24, 5:24 p.m.
" The govt. shouldn't be providing phones. You and your family should have pitched in for your brothers phone...you know...out of the kindness of your hearts.
Like I said earlier... You dont have a CLUE what you are talking about,,,not even a clue..so, using your quote, OUT OF THE KINDNESS OF YOUR HEART, please shut up !!!
iamsiam1096 Aug 23, 7:57 p.m.
Sad thing is they were warned this would be a fall out from the abysmal plan they rushed together. Our medical system has issues, but it did not need to be replaced with this junk.
I don't blame the doctors, they have a right to make a living.
It is sad our leaders were campaigning and assuring the elderly would be ok...yeah right, and they wonder why we don't trust or believe what comes out of DC...
They need to gut congress and start over with folks with common sense and who have had to work in the real world. But as long as they promise freebies to all those voters who don't read or understand how government works..the regular working folks are going to continue to be the ones getting their pockets picked.
tommys5 Aug 23, 7:55 p.m.
"like reducing their income" butterpie
When did you request your last reduction in pay or refused a raise?
tamiya_stars Aug 23, 7:52 p.m.
Good for them. I have always thought the future of healthcare would be more and more health care providers refusing Medicare, and actually all insurance.... and then charging their patients a reasonable fee for their services that the patient pays for on the spot. No government involved, no insurance hands in the pot, no paperwork, just do business the old fashioned way plain and simple.
Winston Aug 23, 7:52 p.m.
"Be careful criticizing something you know NOTHING about." awomnsptofview
The govt. shouldn't be providing phones. You and your family should have pitched in for your brothers phone...you know...out of the kindness of your hearts.
bill1nc Aug 23, 7:51 p.m.
thanks Kay Hagans
raleighaligheri Aug 23, 7:44 p.m.
"Interesting that some members of one of the highest paid professions refuse to look at certain cost cutting measures, like reducing their income, and instead opt to only take in patients that can insure their high income."
Butterpie, go to twelve years of college and serve a residency. Get yourself some student debt into the high six figures at two or three different schools. Buy malpractice insurance that costs five figures per month so you can go into business in the first place.
At that point, you'll be in a position to tell a doctor that they make too much money.
NCPictures Aug 23, 7:41 p.m.
"Medicare rates are more than reasonable. Most doctors and all insurance companies should be treated like criminals for what they charge in relationship to the service provided."
Yup, most liberals would make profit a CRIME if they could Most doctors I have worked with are more than happy to accept patients that dont have insurance. As a matter of fact they will lower the rate for those people. (I have done it). Most people have no idea what it costs to run a practice, or the insurance they need to have. Do you think doctors should work for FREE?
Too many people just expect everything to be given to the, It is time that you GROW UP and be responsible for YOURSELF. Life has a cost. and when you have things done or buy something you have to pay for it. If you cant afford it then give up the cable TV or your fancy phone, or your fancy car. It is called PRIORITIES.
awomnsptofview Aug 23, 7:40 p.m.
As far as the free cell phone, my brother had cancer and FINALLY got Medicaid and received one of these free phones. It was for 200 minutes a month in case of emergency for medical purposes. He DIED 3 weeks ago VERY unexpectedly at 52 years old from complications we dont know. His tumor markers were so low he was almost in remission. Still he is gone. Did I mention that up until 3 years ago, he always made in the $50k range. Be careful criticizing something you know NOTHING about.
butterpie Aug 23, 7:34 p.m.
Anyone know where we can get a list of the doctors refusing to take Medicare patients? Interesting that some members of one of the highest paid professions refuse to look at certain cost cutting measures, like reducing their income, and instead opt to only take in patients that can insure their high income.
awomnsptofview Aug 23, 7:33 p.m.
I had a medical procedure done a few years back that involved freezing dysplasia cells from my cervix. With no insurance, I paid the bill of over $900. Medicare reimbursed the doctor's office $34 for that same procedure on another patient. $34 is a joke. I don't blame a doctor's office one bit for not agreeing to this anymore. Before you complain about the doctor's prices, consider that a real estate agent goes to school for 6 weeks and charges thousands!!! I'm just saying......
delilahk2000 Aug 23, 7:17 p.m.
REBELBELLE, I AM IN TOTAL AGREEMENT WITH YOU ON THE FREE PHONE DEAL, AT A TIME WHEN WE HAVE NO MONEY.......
itsnotmeiswear Aug 23, 7:14 p.m.
Stop all payments to anyone that has opted into the system but has stopped accepting new patients. Also require that hospitals that accept Medicare only allow doctors that opt into the system.
Medicare rates are more than reasonable. Most doctors and all insurance companies should be treated like criminals for what they charge in relationship to the service provided.
yankee1 Aug 23, 7:11 p.m.
Hope and change! Hope and change! You know libs, you guys are gonna slapped around just as bad as the rest of us. How's it feel to have chosen your own pain?
rebelbelle Aug 23, 7:09 p.m.
The fact that doctors aren't taking new Medicare patients isn't new--better hope you don't outlive your doctor!
What bothers me is that the ad that preceded this story concerned "free cell phones" for welfare recepients--paid for with Federal funds.
I want that money to go to pay Medicare bills!! You cannot expect doctors to continue to treat patients at a loss.
workingforthosethatwont Aug 23, 7:05 p.m.
this is exactly what obozo wanted anyway. socialize and rid the country of the older generation. 1-20-13 is coming.
superman Aug 23, 7:05 p.m.
About six to eight months after I go to the doctor, I get a statment from BCBS of the balance I owe. I am not surprised that no one wants to provide coverage. If you recall the AARP was in favor of the new health plan. It is true-- Medicare and BCBS only pay a small amount of the doctors bill. The doctor eats the rest.
delilahk2000 Aug 23, 7:05 p.m.
WHEN WILL OUR GOV. START LOOKING AFTER THE PEOPLE THAT PAY THEM, INSTEAD OF TAKING CARE OF EVERY OTHER COUNTRY BUT YOUR OWN. LET THEM FEND FOR THEMSELVES LIKE WE DO..........
boneymaroney13 Aug 23, 7:04 p.m.
Everything this administration touches is meant to distroy. That's how they will try to dismantle the free market system and capitalism (dirty word for liberals). PAY ATTENTION!!!
JAFOinWF Aug 23, 6:57 p.m.
This is a classic case of "Atlas Shrugged" isn't it. I mean the one with the weight of the issue decide to shrug it off and then everything gets dropped. Classic liberalism.
C6-YA Aug 23, 6:50 p.m.
Our Dr. told me that the Government hasn't paid Medicare payments in the last four months! She had to take out a loan to pay her office staff until Washington pays it's bills!
vincesue1 Aug 23, 6:47 p.m.
It is say, we Americans are living longer now. BUT at this rate, maybe we need to cut back and not be a burden on these POOR DOCTORS...
saturn5 Aug 23, 6:46 p.m.
This isn't a surprise to anyone who's been paying attention.
koolady Aug 23, 6:37 p.m.
The government cannot do even one thing right. Too bad Congress does not have Medicare. They are above it all and have the best health care.
Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Aug 23, 6:36 p.m.
They say it will be cheaper to pay the fine, than to pay for the MANDATORY insurance.
It will never work.
mep Aug 23, 6:31 p.m.
Gee.... even WITH the "doc fix" which has allowed higher payments to doctors accepting Medicare patients, (kinda like an annual bribe NOT included in the cost of Obamacare) doctors are STILL leaving the system. This is just the beginning of the downfall of America's health care system thanks to the so-called reform. With all those "new" patients coming into the system, even doctors willing to accept whatever new pay scales the insurance exchanges provide, there will STILL be a shortage of doctors. It will be great to have to wait a few weeks before being seen by your physician! The good news is, with nearly 17% unemployment, many can not afford the COBRA costs and drop there health insurance... so more now either pay out of pocket, or chose the ER and just stiff the hospital. Things are getting better.... NOT!
Wheelman Aug 23, 6:25 p.m.
Obama's plan will penalize me if I don't carry insurance now. In 5 years when I hit Medicare age it won't matter because no doctor will see me by then at the rate they're dropping out. I get the shaft either way!
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03