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    Texas Doctors Opting Out Of Medicare At Alarming Rate

    Texas doctors fleeing Medicare in droves | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

    Texas doctors are opting out of Medicare at alarming rates, frustrated by reimbursement cuts they say make participation in government-funded care of seniors unaffordable.

    Two years after a survey found nearly half of Texas doctors weren't taking some new Medicare patients, new data shows 100 to 200 a year are now ending all involvement with the program. Before 2007, the number of doctors opting out averaged less than a handful a year.

    “This new data shows the Medicare system is beginning to implode,” said Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the Texas Medical Association. “If Congress doesn't fix Medicare soon, there'll be more and more doctors dropping out and Congress' promise to provide medical care to seniors will be broken.”

    More than 300 doctors have dropped the program in the last two years, including 50 in the first three months of 2010, according to data compiled by the Houston Chronicle. Texas Medical Association officials, who conducted the 2008 survey, said the numbers far exceeded their assumptions.

    The largest number of doctors opting out comes from primary care, a field already short of practitioners nationally and especially in Texas. Psychiatrists also make up a large share of the pie, causing one Texas leader to say, “God forbid that a senior has dementia.”

    The opt-outs follow years of declining Medicare reimbursement that culminated in a looming 21 percent cut in 2010. Congress has voted three times to postpone the cut, which was originally to take effect Jan. 1. It is now set to take effect June 1.

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    Re: Texas Doctors Opting Out Of Medicare At Alarming Rate

    Some comments:

    1. No surprise.

    2. You KNEW what was in the bill.

    3. They CRAMMED it anyway.

    4. They almost had to DEEM it.

    5. You can't expand Medicare and Medicaid, already overstrained, already overly relied upon, by some 12 million miserable Americans while simultaneously cutting its fatally insufficient funding by HALF A TRIL.

    6. As PHYSICALLY unavoidable as gravity.

    7. His resort to rooting out WASTE, FRAUD and ABUSE to underwrite all this is INSULTING.

    8. Why couldn't Saint Teddy of Chappaquiddick find all those hundreds of bil's in all those decades of leonine laboring.

    9. Just like Canada, we're gonna have to assemble our own WAIT TIMES ALLIANCES.

    10. Just like our Maple Leafy friends above the 49th, we're gonna get our very own DOC SHORTAGE.

    11. And his reconstituted rationalizations underlying all this, that passage of Obamacare would rescue our ER's from submersion, are similarly rebuffed.

    Health reform threatens to cram already overwhelmed emergency rooms - TheHill.com

    12. Romney-care in Massachusetts provides the EMPIRICS pertaining to emergency rooms' increased traffic.

    13. CBO said last week Obamacare would cost an extra 120B, putting the total tab over a TRIL.

    14. All the DEFICIT REDUCTIONS dreamed about disappear.

    15. AT&T and the other megacorps last month had to book an extra BILLION dollars EACH just to pay for the extra costs incurred.

    16. All too predictable, you KNEW what was in this bill.

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    Re: Texas Doctors Opting Out Of Medicare At Alarming Rate

    It seems like we're going from insurance you can't afford to insurance you can't use.

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    Re: Texas Doctors Opting Out Of Medicare At Alarming Rate

    Next on Obama's radar: Changing the doctor's oath to force them to accept Medicare.

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    Re: Texas Doctors Opting Out Of Medicare At Alarming Rate

    Make them move to Canada. Problem solved.

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    I think you need to scrap your two party system and start holding your politicians accountable, because voting in one side of stealing bastards over another side of stealing bastards is not getting you anywhere, please view exhibit A



    Your country spends more then any other country in the world on Health Care per capita, yet you yield far inferior results then most other developed countries that spend LESS then you do... why is this? You gotta cut out the waste, and the only way to do that is to reform your entire political system so that one party or the other doesn't have a stranglehold on the money at one time and can be held accountable. WASTE and incompetence of both political parties is the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    I think you need to scrap your two party system and start holding your politicians accountable, because voting in one side of stealing bastards over another side of stealing bastards is not getting you anywhere, please view exhibit A



    Your country spends more then any other country in the world on Health Care per capita, yet you yield far inferior results then most other developed countries that spend LESS then you do... why is this? You gotta cut out the waste, and the only way to do that is to reform your entire political system so that one party or the other doesn't have a stranglehold on the money at one time and can be held accountable. WASTE and incompetence of both political parties is the problem.

    1. Medicare

    2. Outrageous malpractice insurance premiums.

    3. Fast food
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    1. Medicare

    2. Outrageous malpractice insurance premiums.

    3. Fast food
    Very good points, problem is Medicare wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't so damned inefficient, which is where cutting the waste comes on.

    Well the Malpractice premiums is just a case of a sue happy culture, some people who had legitimate greviences and some who sue for the hell of it, ruining the party for everyone

    and the final point, indeed, but once again you have the freedom to eat it or not, same as being sue happy, so unless you legislate and ban people from Sueing or eating Maccy D's, start by fixing your wasteful spending politicians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    1. Medicare

    2. Outrageous malpractice insurance premiums.

    3. Fast food
    Let me add.............

    Wonder drugs.

    Ever wonder where those drugs come from, and how much they cost to bring to market? When was the last time you heard of a new cancer treatment drug that came out of Canada or England?
    There is no such thing as a “Natural Born Dual-Citizen“.

    Originally Posted by PogueMoran
    I didnt have to read the article to tell you that you cant read.

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    Re: Texas Doctors Opting Out Of Medicare At Alarming Rate

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    I think you need to scrap your two party system and start holding your politicians accountable, because voting in one side of stealing bastards over another side of stealing bastards is not getting you anywhere, please view exhibit A



    Your country spends more then any other country in the world on Health Care per capita, yet you yield far inferior results then most other developed countries that spend LESS then you do... why is this? You gotta cut out the waste, and the only way to do that is to reform your entire political system so that one party or the other doesn't have a stranglehold on the money at one time and can be held accountable. WASTE and incompetence of both political parties is the problem.
    What is the death toll for your oh so great system?

    The average wait time for a Canadian awaiting surgery or other medical treatment is now 18.3 weeks, a new high, according to a report released Monday.

    That's an increase of 97 per cent over 14 years, the report says.

    "Canadians wait longer than Americans, Germans, and Swedes for cardiac care, although not as long as New Zealanders or the British," it reads. "Economists attempting to quantify the cost of this waiting time have estimated it to amount to $1,100 to $5,600 annually per patient."
    Read more: CBC News - Health - Wait times for surgery, medical treatments at all-time high: report

    Urgent patients never registered on a wait list with a clearance time of more than 1 month. Semi-urgent patients registered on shorter wait lists more often than non-urgent patients (79.1% vs. 44.7%). In semi-urgent and non-urgent patients, the observed proportion of wait-list deaths by 52 weeks was lower in category "1 month or less" than in category "more than 1 month" (0.8% [49 deaths] vs. 1.6% [39 deaths], P < 0.005). After adjustment, the odds of death before surgery were 64% higher in patients on longer lists, odds ratio [OR] = 1.64 (95% confidence interval [CI] 1.02–2.63). The observed death rate was higher in category "more than 1 month" than in category "1 month or less", 0.79 (95%CI 0.54–1.04) vs. 0.58 (95% CI 0.42–0.74) per 1000 patient-weeks, the adjusted OR = 1.60 (95%CI 1.01–2.53). Longer wait times (log-rank test = 266.4, P < 0.001) and higher death rates contributed to a higher cumulative incidence for death on the wait list with a clearance time of more than 1 month.
    Cumulative incidence for wait-list death in relation to length of queue for coronary-artery bypass grafting: a cohort study


    Maybe this is how you guys are going to solve your escalating health care costs....... kill more with longer and longer wait times.
    There is no such thing as a “Natural Born Dual-Citizen“.

    Originally Posted by PogueMoran
    I didnt have to read the article to tell you that you cant read.

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