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I am a 70 year retiree who recently suffered a case of mumps, and mumps enchephalitis visiting friends in Idaho. For the medically unsophisticated, this is a very serious, even life-threatening condition; of course, that's why the vaccine was developed in the first place.
I badly needed to see an infectious disease specialist; indeed I was advised that this was crucial by both a family practitioner and a pediatrician who sees this disease in children.
When I tried to get an appointment, the first question asked at every office was, "What kind of insurance do you have?" They then were "not taking new patients", "had no times available", or blatantly were "not accepting Medicare patients". I was totally unable to find help within an area over 100 miles distance (Treasure Valley, ID).
For my entire adult life I carried private insurance; the minute I turned 65, my policy was cancelled.
I paid into the Medicare system all my life; I still pay large monthly premiums taken from my monthly SS payments. Yet, I essentially have no health insurance.
I can't be the only person having trouble finding a doctor. Over the years, fewer and fewer doctors are putting up with the miserable reimbursement, and ever increasing rules/regulations/paperwork/potential fines. Once a doctor establishes him/herself, there is now little reason to accept Medicare patients. That limits seniors to the very young, those with "problems" (such as a history of addiction), ERs, or over-crowded clinics for the indigent and homeless.
Where I can get health care in this system!??????