TJ Wrote: I agree, kick the bum out !!! Anyway, I'm under 55 but I don't like the comments today or the one's from election time. Medicare should be secure for all citizens. I think what needs done first and foremost is to negotiate prescription med costs like the huge customer that the govt. is..... to hell with the pharma lobby. Secondly, there should be an accounting of the billings to medicare...... My mother was in a nursing home for 6 weeks to rehab after foot surgery. She said she saw the doctor on staff once or maybe twice in 6 weeks. The Insurance statement showed where he billed for 8 or 9 visits. I bet there are gross over billings that are absorbed by the govt. on a regular basis.
jperry Wrote: My doctors are all working for/with the hospital I use. I am on the hospital computer with all records, I believe. I wait until I have about 4 requests for lab work and go in with all requests and have them done with one visit. What I don't know is what gets charged. I am starting to look at the orders and if I see they are the same I throw one away and request the results be sent to that doctor also. As all doctors etc. are in the same system it would be a simple task to have one order for all lab work and chech it at the session when registering in the lab. I'm sure my bill could be reduced on all testing from lab work to cat scans if things were done at the same time.
I have one doctor that likes to go over computer records while the visit is taking place so I know everything from all doctors is there as he knows what doctor changed perscriptions and when.
I sure a lot of the expence could be eliminated if duplication was eliminated and tests of the same type were done with one visit.
This should be done hand-in-hand with reducing the number agencies and departments in the government in general.
michaels39301 Wrote: The only way for Obama to clean up this mess is to somehow get a super majority of like-minded Democrats in both Houses, and there will only be one more chance for that to happen during his Presidency. As I see it, we have to suffer through 2 more years of this current situation before the voters can possibly make a change. We HAVE to put all of eggs in that one basket (so to speak), and make the 2016 election become the holy grail of politics.
jperry Wrote: http://www.snhhs.org/ if you want to see what a hospital should be like I guess they have more than 6 Family Practice offices scattered around the area of 120,000 people, 3 Urgent Care and PT locations. Add to that St. Joseph's Hospital and a new Dartmouth Hitchcock Center All Hospitals have combine heart and cancer centers and work together well. 15 miles up the road is Manchester, NH with the Catholic Medical Center, Elliot and a couple of others. The vascular surgical unit at SNHMC was booked when I needed to be worked on and I ended up at St. Joseph's as they had an opening and the surgeon was my surgeon from SNHWC who had worked with the St. Joseph's team in the past. I guess the only difference was the appearance of the building. South Nashua Family Practice has one doctor at the hospital to coordinate care and stays on top of everything.
I do think that things can be done to improve costs. It has been almost 10 years since I semi-retired and between Medicare and AARP Supplemental I haven't seen a bill.
I never cared for Florida, when my mother died I had to travel back and forth 5 or 6 times to settle the estate and I always came back feeling I had been ripped off over one thing or another. I'll take New England. New Hampshire has no state income or sales tax and real estate tax with restaurants and hotels taxes take care of everything. The family gathering in June will be on a cruise boat on Lake Sunapee, renting a boat that holds 45+ and will be served a buffet lunch. The mountains come right up to the shore line. The great grand kids are excited about it; but no more than my kids and the grand kids.
I guess I’m lucky to live in NH. Looking forward to the next snow storm, it sure looks nice.
michaels39301 Wrote: No thanks for me guys, I lived in and shoveled snow in Iowa, Illinois, and Ohio for 40+ years, and that was a significant reason in my moving to Ms. for my final career move. While I believe that, as a youngster and growing up, the shoveling and cold built up strength and resistance in my body, now that I'm older I have no desire to punish myself just because I can withstand it. One never knows when a heart attack is waiting for the right level of physical stress to occur.