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What Medicare Needs is a Consumer-Driven Market

tbashaw Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 12:45 PM
it may well be too late. I do recall in my very young years, carrying catastrophic medical - insurance intended to cover serious illness and injury. I paid cash to my doctor when I needed to see him - as I recall, about $45 for a visit plus lab or prescriptions. Usually less than $100. If my doctor didn't offer competitive rates, I could shop around. Really, why should the young pay much more now for health insurance just to cover the likes of me? I expect to spend more as I age on health insurance. But through ObamaCare, I will pay less and my children will pay much more.
Neurologists are about to feel the sting of the Affordable Care Act. Beginning Jan. 1, Medicare will be paying them less for electrodiagnostic procedures used in identifying and treating a wide range of nerve and muscle disorders. Reimbursement rates for some tests will be slashed by more than 50 percent, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates that payments to neurologists overall will shrink by 7 percent next year.

Medicare's cuts will be implemented by changing the way fees for the diagnostic procedures are calculated. Instead of reimbursing neurologists for each nerve analyzed, the new billing codes...