In 1997 when Congress and the Clinton administration cut payment rates to hospitals for the treatment of Medicare patients, statistics show that death rates increased by 7 percent in those facilities that incurred the most drastic cuts.
Based upon the statistics from 1997, a new report today indicates that ObamaCare will result in higher death rates for senior adultsdue to the drastic cuts in the amount hospitals will be paid to treat Medicare patients.
In order to fund ObamaCare, the administration implemented cuts to the Medicare program totaling over $700 billion. But in order to assuage the fears of seniors that their benefits will be cut, Obama has reassured seniors that the cuts will not impact them directly but only hospitals.
But according to Betsy McCaughey, cuts to hospitals to treat Medicare patients will have the effect of endangering their lives. If hospitals are not paid sufficiently to treat seniors on Medicare, then the quality and quantity of the care they render will be negatively impacted.
The danger to seniors does not rest merely in vast reductions in payments to hospitals, however. The rate of payment to doctors for treating Medicare patients will also be cut.
And in addition to hospitals and doctors, the cuts that ObamaCare mandates also apply to kidney dialysis centers, hospices, and nursing homes.
A leading scientific journal, the Annals of Internal Medicine, published the results of a 10-year study of 208 hospitals in California from 1999 to 2008. The study resulted in the following ominous statistics:
Exhaustive data on over two million elderly patients treated at 208 California hospitals from 1999 to 2008 show that elderly patients treated in low spending hospitals (bottom quintile) get less care and have a worse chance of surviving and leaving the hospital than elderly patients with the same diagnosis treated at higher spending hospitals. The research, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and RAND and published in 2011 found that heart attack patients were 19% more likely to die at low spending hospitals.
Over a four year period, 13,613 seniors with pneumonia, stroke, heart attacks and other common conditions who died at low spending hospitals would have recovered and gone home had they been treated at a higher spending institution.(Annals of Internal Medicine, February 1, 2011) That’s the death toll in one state with about 10% of the Medicare population.
Thus, while the president crisscrosses the country telling seniors that he will "protect Medicare," what he does not say is that his draconian reductions in payments to doctors and medical facilities inherent to ObamaCare will place them at a significantly greater risk for shoddy medical care and ultimately, death.