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Tag Archives: Medicare

What we have here is a failure to communicate

  It has been over 10 years since the prestigious Institute of Medicine reported that 90,000 patients loose their lives each year because of a preventable medical error. Mistakes such as prescription errors, wrong-site surgeries, and hospital acquired infections abound in hospitals. Despite this report and numerous attempts by agencies who are charged with keeping patients safe […]

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Medicare’s been asleep at the wheel

For the first time since Medicare was enacted in 1965, a president has decided that it was time to go after fraudulent Medicare claims which by some estimates approaches $60 billion a year (one half of Medicare costs)! A common example of fraud is purposely billing Medicare for services that were never provided or received. Since […]

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“Long term care is the largest risk facing seniors today”

I mentioned this quote from Money Magazine because of the article I read this week in USA Today. They reported that most Americans were unaware of how much healthcare will cost when they retire and what exactly Medicare covers. The pre-retirees who expect healthcare to be their biggest retirement expense estimated that their average annual […]

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Ask your doctor: how will this treatment benefit me?

Ask your doctor: how will this treatment benefit me?

In an effort to curb wasteful medical tests, nine medical societies representing nearly 375,000 docs are challenging the widely held perception that more healthcare is better care. It has released a list of 45 tests and treatments their members should no longer automatically order. It’s ok to ask your doctor how will this test or […]

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ObamaRomneyCare and the individual mandate: proof that it’s a Republican idea

ObamaRomneyCare and the individual mandate: proof that it’s a Republican idea

The Supreme Court held hearings last week on the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare law. At the heart of the hearings is the law’s “individual mandate,” (referred to here as “the mandate”) requiring every American who can afford healthcare insurance to purchase it or pay a penalty. Its critics (Republicans) tell us that the mandate […]

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