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    ... exactly which debilitating medicare cost overruns are you talking about?  

    A conscientious man would be cautious how he dealt in blood.

    by decon on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 08:31:04 AM PST

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    •  I live in New York state (0+ / 0-)

      A blue state, and we have the higest medicare/Medicaid costs in the country. We've had a lot of investigative reports as to what is causing this, and a huge chunk of money is being pissed away. I gave just one example.

      Look at these people! They suck each other! They eat each other's saliva and dirt! -- Tsonga people of southern Africa on Europeans kissing.

      by upstate NY on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 12:44:50 PM PST

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      •  asdf (0+ / 0-)
        You are moving the goalposts. Medicare and medicaid are not the same thing.  Which are you talking about?  

        And you haven't given any examples.  You simply repeated your claim without providing any supporting evidence.  

        As to the one substantive point you make, it is certainly the case that Medicare reimbursement rates are higher in New York, on average, than they are elsewhere.  Medicare reimbursement rates vary widely between hospitals based on the characteristics of the patients they treat and the local cost of living.   That rates are higher in NY isn't surprising and it's not evidence of money being wasted or pissed away.    

        A conscientious man would be cautious how he dealt in blood.

        by decon on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 01:53:40 PM PST

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        •  This is the third time I've given the example (0+ / 0-)

          of colonoscopies.

          http://www.nationalreviewofmedicine....

          Down below, someone linked to practices which also inflate cost in the medical field.

          Locally, in NY, our Medicare covers certain forms of plastic surgery which aren't necessary.

          Look at these people! They suck each other! They eat each other's saliva and dirt! -- Tsonga people of southern Africa on Europeans kissing.

          by upstate NY on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 05:59:16 PM PST

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