Monday, October 26, 2009

Medicare Shuns Seniors

Medicare has become a scary word to the doctors at the largest private group practice in Kansas City, Mo.

It's so scary that most physicians at Kansas City Internal Medicine, with 65% of its nearly 70,000 active patients age 65 or older, have stopped accepting walk-in Medicare enrollees, said Dr. David Wilt, an internist at the group.

Wilt and his colleagues say they are shunning the area's growing senior population because they believe Medicare doesn't reimburse physicians enough to cover the cost of care.

This outcome is inevitable under government provided health insurance. As health technology improves, expenditure on insured health care grows rapidly. Governments respond by limiting payments, lest deficits mushroom.

This problem is going to get worse, with or without Obamacare. Thus the only consistent position for those who oppose Obamacare is to also oppose Medicare and Medicaid.

13 comments:

adPirz said...

While the Obama plan is not a terrific one, and maybe not a good one at all, what would you suggest to create an efficient healthcare market, keeping in mind that 50 million uninsured presents a negative market externality?

Also, from a noneconomic standpoint, shouldn't the world's most advanced country be able to take care of all of its citizens?

What I don't understand is if opponents to the public option such as yourself are simply against this particular plan or against giving healthcare to everyone outright.

Lisa Townsend said...

I appreciate your position. However, you link the high cost of healthcare to technology. That is a paradigm found predominantly in the US-not elsewhere. That is not a fact worldwide. In fact, natural, non-invasive,affordable health care is available to most people in the world. Just because we don't understand it or value it doesn't mean it's worthless. Medicare and Medicaid are used by a small, very needy percentage of the population. Obamacare is universal and would cost much more-as well as being mandatory-which I very much oppose.

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