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  •  I would put up with the model described (6+ / 0-)

    by Klein, even though I am an extremely well-educated, independent, and stubborn patient who insists on being in control of my own health care and would consider a home visut an invasion of my privacy and my turf.

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    Why are war casualty counts "American troops" and "others" but never "human beings"?

    by Kitsap River on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 03:42:25 PM PDT

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    •  Well, I'd certainly have to think about it, and (1+ / 0-)
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      would be hesitant unless I still had full autonomy, when it comes to deciding whether or not I'd have certain treatments, etc.

      Mr. M and I have only had direct experience with PPO networks.  And while they're not perfect by any means, they 'suit us,' I suppose.  

      Certainly, we've been impacted by the loss of two family members who were denied care under managed care plans.  Of course, medical care can also be mishandled in a PPO.  Can't honestly say that I've never heard of that, LOL!

      Let me correct myself:  the best care that either of us ever received was during our Air Force years.  And the military active duty, or the VA model are the best healthcare models in the US, by far.  I would love to see progressives push for that model.  

      Heck, Medicare coverage is really not that extensive, at all.  Our current health insurance which is pitiful compared to what it was a year ago, much less 5-8 years ago, is better than Medicare (we have dental, RX and mental health coverage, aside from major medical).

      Guess I should add--it costs considerably more, too!

      As the last couple budgets reflect, seniors will soon be required to pay a Medicare Premium Surcharge, too, which amounts to an additional payment of 1/3 of one's Medicare Premium, if they choose to carry a 'low deductible' Medigap policy.

      So, if your Medicare premium is $100, you'll be paying approximately $133 for the 'privilege' of carrying a decent Medigap insurance policy.  

      Obviously, lower income seniors often carry low deductible Medigap insurance, since they don't have the resource to meet high annual deductibles.  So, this is primarily targeting low income seniors, who may not afford to use their Medicare insurance, if they can't offset the off-of-pocket expenses with a Medigap policy.

      All the talk on the last Sunday's talk shows was the Administration considering 'going into Syria,' with No-Fly Zones and other ultra costly undertakings.

      Funny how the PtB don't even balk at those expenditures.

      IMHO, it's 'a matter of priorities.'

      And apparently, seniors are now at the bottom of that list.


      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      by musiccitymollie on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 09:14:02 PM PDT

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