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What Medicare Needs is a Consumer-Driven Market

wmou Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 1:55 PM
Baby boomer cannot expect the same services our parents got. Medicare payments for joint replacements need to be all but eliminated.
topknot Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 2:50 PM
wmou: Would you want medicare payments eliminated if it was your joint replacement ? Have you seen the pain that one is in when their joint is broken or worn out ? Off times one is unable to walk or use their limb that the joint is worn out in from years of hard work are you willing to help wait on them because they can no longer do for themselves. You are an ungratiful turd.
Steve970 Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 3:38 PM
Medicare is a violation of individual rights, and should therefore be abolished. Doctors should be paid by private enterprise (whether individuals, insurance companies, charities, etc.).
Steve970 Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 1:35 AM
That's unhampered private enterprise, i.e., laissez-faire.
wmou Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 6:53 AM
We are broke. I've got bad joints which may become very painful later. Joint replacement surgery is very expensive and almost never necessary to save a life. They have become very common and we cannot afford it.
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...