I've heard so much discussion about the high cost of Medicare, but have yet to hear about how the money is being spent by the very people Medicare is serving, namely senior citizens.
Going to the doctor has become a national pastime. "The doctor can see you six to eight weeks from now" is more the norm than the exception. How many of us have gone to the doctor and had blood work done only to return the next week for the results? Whatever happened to the doctor notifying the patient by phone? Why return for results? All those return visits are charged to Medicare.
The phrase, "don't worry; Medicare is covering this," has broken the back of Medicare. We all know someone who has gone to the hospital and after a three-day stay, it's decided that an inpatient stay at a nursing home is strongly suggested. After anywhere from one to three weeks of physical therapy, the patient is ready to be discharged, but then it's suggested a nurse come to check your blood pressure, temperature and respiration two or three times a week. Also it's suggested you need a therapist to help you dress and shower and assist you in doing simple exercises.
I fully recognize the need for these services for those who truly need them, but I resent the high cost of services for those who do not. It's time to start recording the medical costs of people who do not have a true diagnosis, as well as the physicians who continue to see patients without reports to back up the need.
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The goose that laid the golden egg has been killed, and we senior citizens can take a large share of that blame.
Hilton Head Island