August 23, 2013 |
After an outpatient procedure last summer, Sidney Fallender was expecting to go straight home. But when two nurses tried to get the 93-year-old Sherman Oaks resident on his feet, they discovered he was unable to walk on his own. "The doctor told her assistant to call the paramedics," Fallender recalled. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by ambulance, less than a mile from his doctor's office, for possible emergency surgery. "A couple of weeks later I got a bill for the ambulance service in the amount of almost $1,000," he says.
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October 26, 1995
Medicare is like Humpty Dumpty. If the Republicans push it, we will never be able to put it together again! BOB MORGAN Van Nuys
August 24, 2012
Re "Ryan plan may hurt disabled the most," Column, Aug. 21 Without Medicare, those of us who have pre-existing conditions will have difficulty getting health insurance. After we lost coverage because of a layoff, Blue Shield, which was at the time one of the three companies in California's program for high-risk patients, would not insure my husband because he has acid reflux and takes medication for it. I was turned down because I was a six-year cancer survivor. Apparently, Blue Shield forgot it was part of the high-risk program.
November 30, 2011 |
Medicare, the nation's medical safety net for seniors, on Wednesday announced it would extend its coverage for obesity screening and "intensive behavioral therapy," ensuring that roughly 30% of the 42 million people insured by the program can undertake a weight-loss program supervised by their doctor. The decision by the federal government to cover face-to-face doctor visits as an aid to weight loss is likely to prod private insurers, many of whom have been reluctant to cover medically supervised obesity treatments, to follow suit.
August 30, 2012
Re "It's Medicare vs. the economy," Opinion, Aug. 26 Doyle McManus says that neither the GOP nor the Democrats wants to focus on saving money from Medicare, and that for candidates it's a choice of either talking about Medicare or the economy. With Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate, the GOP ticket has boldly opened up a national discussion on Medicare and entitlement reform. Democrats can try to frighten and demonize Romney's and Ryan's ideas, but at least they are taking a leadership position that is totally lacking from the president and the Senate.
August 16, 2012
Re "A budget to reshape the nation," Aug. 14 Does anyone remember why Medicare was created? In the "good old days" before Medicare, older people could not buy health insurance after they retired. Insurance companies would not sell to them, as most people have a preexisting condition by the time they reach 65. The elderly are bad for profits. A voucher system will not change this fact. Medicare is the most effective and efficient insurance we have. Let's not mess with success.