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  •  Great point about 'underwriting' exams pre-PPACA. (3+ / 0-)
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    And one would HOPE that this would be a 'thing-of-the-past,' but who knows, unless they delve into the fine details of the bill.

    Let's remember--a VP from WellPoint basically wrote this legislation--that's a matter of record.  Heck, at one time (the video we 'killed') Jane Hamsher had the actual video of Max Baucus thanking her for doing that.  I just posted it with Jane's diary here several days ago.

    I just remembered that a friend enrolled in Medicare last year.  Will see what they say about a 'wellness exam.'  Hasn't mentioned it, now that I think about it.  (And I think that this person probably would have said something.)

    But, anyway, I prefer to see 'policy,' rather than go on anecdotes.  ;-)


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


    by musiccitymollie on Fri May 24, 2013 at 11:40:36 AM PDT

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    •  I have the impression that the annual (2+ / 0-)
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      "wellness" exam isn't much.  No tests are included, for example.  It's basically a conversation with one's doctor in which lots of questions are asked and, presumably, advice given, along with a minimal physical exam.  Are you safe at home?  Do you smoke tobacco?  How much alcohol do you consume.  

      When I scheduled what I thought was my "free" wellness exam, I, unknowing, called it my annual physical. It was billed to Medicare as "extended office visit" at $180.  So, I'm thinking, if someone on Medicare doesn't actually say "wellness exam" when making the appointment, at least some doctors are taking things into their own hands to be certain they get paid as if there has been no change in the law.

      If someone out there has actually had one of these, please let us know what it included.

      The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams

      by Alice Olson on Sat May 25, 2013 at 07:07:44 AM PDT

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