Two weeks ago the Mayo Clinic shocked the nation when it closed the doors of one of its Arizona clinics to patients on Medicare. Just this past June President Obama himself praised Mayo as a model of medical efficiency noting that Mayo gives “the highest quality care at costs well below the national norm.” If Mayo feels compelled to walk away from this government-run program, others will surely follow. The nation must understand why.
Doctors are leaving Medicare for two reasons: one obvious, the other more concealed. The first is simple—the math:
1) For the past decade Medicare consistently paid physicians 20% less than traditional insurance companies for identical service.
2) On January 1, 2010 Washington made hidden cuts to Medicare by altering its billing codes.
3) Medicare will cut physician reimbursement by another 21% on March 1.
Will you or your relatives be affected ?
Asked by Anonymous at 7:51 PM on Jan. 15, 2010 in Politics & Current Events
Answer by FoxyRoxyMommy at 8:07 PM on Jan. 15, 2010
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Answer by Lindalu2 at 8:03 PM on Jan. 15, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 8:11 PM on Jan. 15, 2010
Lindalu, why don't you do some research? If Mayo is making Medicare patients pay OUT OF POCKET for treatment, it will certainly limit the amount of Medicare patients.
Mayo Clinic Faulted for Limiting Medicare Patients http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/12/AR2009101202803.html
Answer by Anonymous at 8:19 PM on Jan. 15, 2010
"Specifically, Mayo said last week it will no longer accept Medicare patients at one of its primary care clinics in Arizona. Mayo said the decision is part of a two-year pilot program to determine if it should also drop Medicare patients at other facilities in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, which serve more than 500,000 seniors."
Here is what I found. Sounds like they are dropping Medicare patients to me.
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