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Texas doctors opting out of Medicare at alarming rate

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    #18 Jersey

    So now I'm SURE congress will be scrambling to find MORE MONEY!:eek:

    Yup, that's all we need now.:rolleyes:

    Texas doctors fleeing Medicare in droves | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

    "Texas doctors are opting out of Medicare at alarming rates, frustrated by reimbursement cuts they say make participation in government-funded care of seniors unaffordable.

    Two years after a survey found nearly half of Texas doctors weren't taking some new Medicare patients, new data shows 100 to 200 a year are now ending all involvement with the program. Before 2007, the number of doctors opting out averaged less than a handful a year.

    “This new data shows the Medicare system is beginning to implode,” said Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the Texas Medical Association. “If Congress doesn't fix Medicare soon, there'll be more and more doctors dropping out and Congress' promise to provide medical care to seniors will be broken.”
     
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    I don't see the doom and gloom. The health care industry is changing. Texas also offers programs for medical grads of foreign and American universities to get their licenses quickly in exchange for treating the poor. The concierge type services that many doctors are opting for offer the chronically ill (and the well-to-do) a higher class of service, but not necessarily a higher quality. Medicare payments do need to be straightened out, but the fact is the vast majority of doctors accept Medicare.

    Study: Most physicians still accepting Medicare patients - FierceHealthFinance - Health Finance, Healthcare Finance

    Once health care reform is implemented, I think it will be easier to see in what ways it impacts the health care industry, and then adjustments will need to be made. Any adjustments made before that will just be bandaids.
     
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    That's OK. I'm sure those seniors who wanted the government out of their healthcare will be pleased with it. And the state of Texas will be happy to deal with any repercussions, since they dislike the Federal government so much down there.

    ;)
     
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    It is interesting that the State of Texas has enacted "Tort Reform", and has effectively lowered the malpractice rates of insurance for medical professionals.. at last count the insurance companies are paying out less, Hospitals and Doctors are paying less...

    The patients are still waiting for the cost savings to trickle down.. sometimes you just have to suck it up.. find it interesting that people will complain about how unsustainable certain systems are, but there is greed in other areas....

    There is also that hypocratic oath thing..
     
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    #18 Jersey

    Yeah, and there is a pledge of allegiance for US citizens too! And it doesn't begin with...

    "I pledge allegiance to the flag of Me-Hico...":singing:
     
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    Ever wonder what illegals add to the cost of everyone's care? Hmmm....
     
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    :hijacked::hijacked::hijacked:

    An effort was to bring some intelligence to the issue of Texas Doctors Refusing Medicare and you bring in this worthless comment..

    Illegals are not eligible for Medicare...

    Why hijack your own thread?????
     
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    I'm sure there are some extra costs. On the other hand, there are many illegals who have taxes deducted from paychecks, and many illegals return to Mexico for their healthcare.
     
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    The doctors see that they will lose money with obamacare. Anyone here want to lose money when they work?
     
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    #54 Jersey

    I've seen an interesting mantra develop here among a few folks. They say that having social programs cut should please those who oppose them. However, wouldn't that be the case only if they were reimbursed for all the money they were forced to pay into said program, specifically social security and medicare? :rolleyes:
     
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    yes -- absolutely -- assuming, if course, their benefits haven't exceeded what was paid in

    (btw, at least in the instance of my post, I was partly mocking people who wanted government "out" of their healthcare -- when the government is already in their healthcare, of course)
     
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    #54 Jersey

    Naturally. ;)

    Of course, I'm annoyed that I pay an awful lot into these programs, from which I will be unlikely to benefit, in the event of program termination, if and when my time comes to "cash in" as it were.

    I can understand that. I suppose it all comes down to perception. One man's socialism is another man's modified capitalism.
     
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    Personally going to pass the plate for all of the "poor" doctors, as they need all the help they can get..:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

    In the medical world the reality has always been on some folks you can make a lot, on others less and finally on some you do not make as much.. and there is even some room for "Pro Bono" work.

    To paint these doctors as economically disadvantaged, is epic fail at best..
     
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    #18 Jersey

    You're right, the gov't has been in health care with Medicaide for a while now. Just as gov't has been into retirement benefits for a long, long time as well.

    The problem with that is when citizens are FORCED into participating in a system via FORCED contributions (look at your paystub and you'll see "social security tax and medicare"!), then we are FORCED to depend upon it.

    Personally, I am FORCED to pay over $600 a month for both! With that kind of stake, how can anyone expect to get nothing?
     
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    The Center For Immigration Studies:

    Does the Health Care Bill Bar Illegal Aliens from Taxpayer Funds? Not Really | Center for Immigration Studies
    Illegal Immigration & Hospitals: 'In Mexico, it's different. There, you have to pay.' | Center for Immigration Studies

    OT but there's also a cost of illegal immigration study which was done in 04, interesting in and of itself plus we can safely infer non-partisanship.
     
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    Always find it interesting that in the 90's up to the mid 00's, illegal immigration was on the back burner and there was little attention paid. The whole addicted to cheap labor was functional and made sense... now that the economy has turned down, all of a sudden we have a huge illegal problems:confused::confused::confused:

    All the while Clinton stopped illegals from getting any form or welfare..
     
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    #18 Jersey

    I always find it interesting and intriguing that some people actually care about illegals and want to protect them.

    Why do you want to protect them when they're here illegally?

    Do you support open-borders?
     
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    I've stated this before... I work for a non-profit healthcare system. Our CEO has expressed the opinion that the "lowered costs" argued for in the Healthcare Reform is based on reducing the compensation of healthcare workers, namely providers. I'm shocked it got such approval from the SEIU given their share in the market. Unless, of course, those lowered costs are never realized and the government needs to "bail out" the healthcare industry and take it over. This would eliminate the deficit neutrality of the whole push to reform, but I only foresee crisis.
     
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    When the "free money" was rolling in and the good times were rollin (see the sharp climb upwards of the Dow), there were no worries. It's only when reality hits that people want to solve problems.
     

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