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In Response to Re: Report: More doctors accepting Medicare patients:
Hello all my fellow debaters, this is a scary problem, as a former health care provider myself I must not look just at number I must look at behavior and attitudes of physicians in general. I have been on straight Medicare since 2007 and since then personally I have noticed and increase difficulty to find doctors in all specialties and in general medicine that wishes to accept Medicare patients. The rules and regulations change seemingly at the drop of a hat, the ancillary staff cannot keep up with the constant changing paperwork and coding which goes on within the Medicare system. Even though Medicare and Dr who accept Medicare will refute this; they wish more patients would go into the PPO and HMO of Private companies that accept Medicare payment and also charge the client whatever the extra premium is. Every year when conversion time comes around I get bombarded with mail and calls from companies trying to get me and my wife out of straight Medicare into one of their policies and here is how it is going to be done, we will keep making the paperwork and what the physician has to chart and send it so immense that it will not be worth it to the physicians to keep Medicare patients. I think this is the time when we the Medicare community and all Americans should fight for some universal health care system. One of the reasons health care for the Primary physician has gone up is excessive paperwork or should I say secretarial work plus all the crazy changing regulations, we R now going into the ICD 10 soon, a new coding will be required again. When will this craziness end. Hunter
Posted by grayfox007
Yes, all that coding is going to cause premature aging in the clerical support staff, BUT they will master the new methods in very short order - its what they do.
Universal care is the only way to go!! There's 36 other systems out there, and AFTER we get ACA up and running, we can find ways to make it even better, but for that to happen, we've got to get rid of the obstructionist GOPers cluttering up the Congress.
Once we get them out of the way, we can consider a possible SLIGHT (less than 1%) boost to the Medicare contribution to render the Trust Fund solvent forever and push Medicare to negotiating lower prices from all our :providers" - perhaps not a ruthlessly as WallyWorld does, but along those lines.
Here's a thought for a "babystep" improvement: Why not allow Medicare users to obtain drugs from a list of FOREIGN suppliers - I'd begin with the EU plus Canada and Mexico and see how long it takes our providers to match those costs.