The cuts could have the unintended consequence of rationing care, especially in rural regions with a large number of Medicare patients, doctors said. In other areas, specialists may decide to pull out of Medicare, or ask patients to make up the difference with higher out-of-pocket payments, said Alfred Bove, president of the American College of Cardiology.
“A fair number of cardiologists are looking at the accounting and saying ‘we can’t afford it,’” Bove said in a telephone interview.
Some oncologists in rural areas may stop offering chemotherapy in the office, forcing patients to travel to more- distant hospitals, said Allen S. Lichter, 63, CEO of the 27,000- member American Society of Clinical Oncology in Alexandria, Virginia.
Answer by BEXi at 10:27 PM on Sep. 3, 2009
Answer by MELRN at 10:29 PM on Sep. 3, 2009
the bottom line is, that there are way too many sick ppl and even more selfish health care providers! The problem is not President Obama's spending or refining, its the providers who decide that getting paid is worth more than helping/saving lives. I would know this b/c I've worked with numerous doctors and dentist. I've seen patients who needed serious help get turned away b/c they didn't have enough money/no insurance. Yet the office business was banging with new patients and making more than enough. ( I did the production goals and budgeting!) And that is the real problem with America's health care.
Answer by sugahmamma at 10:33 PM on Sep. 3, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 10:40 PM on Sep. 3, 2009
How many people are currently under Medicare? Does anyone know? =/
Last number I have seen, 45,301,837
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:46 PM on Sep. 3, 2009
Answer by BEXi at 10:50 PM on Sep. 3, 2009
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Answer by BEXi at 11:22 PM on Sep. 3, 2009
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Answer by agentwanda at 11:45 PM on Sep. 3, 2009