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Fewer Primary Care Physicians Take Medicare Patients -- Medical...

There are 74 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 8, 2008, titled Fewer Primary Care Physicians Take Medicare Patients -- Medical.... In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

When 65-year-old Anne-Marie Russo of Wethersfield went looking for a new internist late last month, she didn't expect to end up so frustrated, after attempts failed with seven physicians.

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mmmm

Granby, CT

#1 Apr 9, 2008
I talk to a friend in Canada and he has no problem getting health care for about $8. Yes he pays taxes for it but does get the needed care. But in the USA we want freedom of choice. Who do you choose if less doctors will take medicare. I'll bet my conservative friends on the right have an answer for me!
bbj

Hartford, CT

#2 Apr 9, 2008
why is this legal? it's all about money in this country...
tax paying fool

Enfield, CT

#3 Apr 9, 2008
I bet the illegal aliens have no trouble finding a doctor
Justthefacts

New Milford, CT

#4 Apr 9, 2008
bbj wrote:
why is this legal? it's all about money in this country...
If you were told by your boss that your hours were going to increase but your weekly paycheck was going down, would you be happy?

If another company would hire you for more money, or you could keep your job with declining pay but increasing hours, what would you do?

Doctors are like the rest of us. They have families to support, mortgages to pay, kids going to college.

If they are in private practice, they also have expenses. Their expenses are increasing.

If you were a doc, would you tell your spouse and kids that you might have to move to a smaller house and save less for your kids' college education because Uncle Sam just cut your income.

Or would you stop taking Medicare patients who you simply can't afford to see?

Why should the health care crisis be "solved" by forcing the docs to accept lower and lower incomes while hospital managers and drug companies get more and more money?

Patrick

West Hartford, CT

#5 Apr 9, 2008
"I just never had a problem with insurance, ever," she said, "so this is mind-boggling to me."
Welcome to government run healthcare.
Nino Browm

Madison, CT

#7 Apr 9, 2008
I beg to differ with your stats ... my wife was in Dentistry ... Medicare did'nt pay 25 - 45% LESS then the fees ... they paid 25 - 45%OF the fees .... How is one to maintain a practice when they are getting paid less then half of their fees ....
Your comservative friend

Winsted, CT

#8 Apr 9, 2008
mmmm wrote:
I talk to a friend in Canada and he has no problem getting health care for about $8. Yes he pays taxes for it but does get the needed care. But in the USA we want freedom of choice. Who do you choose if less doctors will take medicare. I'll bet my conservative friends on the right have an answer for me!
... Ask your friend how long he has to wait for an appointment. If you don' like it here, move to Canada!! I'll bet you don't.
Your comservative friend

Winsted, CT

#9 Apr 9, 2008
bbj wrote:
why is this legal? it's all about money in this country...
... see my response to mmmm
Leeann

Seymour, CT

#10 Apr 9, 2008
Instead of the survey question asking "have you had trouble finding a doctor," the question should be whether many to most doctors are charging too much for their services. The answer by many patients would be a resounding "yes.."
tired of it

Newington, CT

#11 Apr 9, 2008
Nino Browm wrote:
I beg to differ with your stats ... my wife was in Dentistry ... Medicare did'nt pay 25 - 45% LESS then the fees ... they paid 25 - 45%OF the fees .... How is one to maintain a practice when they are getting paid less then half of their fees ....
Your wife also rips off the working families who do not have dental insurance. Many companies do not offer dental insurance and people like your wife take advantage of them.
Konnecticut_Bett er_Yet

Brewster, NY

#12 Apr 9, 2008
mmmm wrote:
I talk to a friend in Canada and he has no problem getting health care for about $8. Yes he pays taxes for it but does get the needed care. But in the USA we want freedom of choice. Who do you choose if less doctors will take medicare. I'll bet my conservative friends on the right have an answer for me!
Go to Canada if it's so wonderful there. There's your answer.

And it's FEWER doctors, not "less" doctors.
Konnecticut_Bett er_Yet

Brewster, NY

#13 Apr 9, 2008
So you want the same government that is running the schools to run health care? Brilliant!
Ann Theresa

AOL

#14 Apr 9, 2008
The total system is messed up. The economics of this country is messed up. It is a repetitious circle....between people and lawyers that are sue happy, increased premiums for malpractice, insurance companies, Medicare reimbursements. Medicare doesn't pay enough, the Doctors have bills to pay. This is a big problem. I won't even get into welfare and how that is draining the system. I don't think there will ever be a solution. Move to Meriden and do what everyone there does. If you get sick, you just walk into the ER. Show them your welfare card and your golden.
Nino Brown

Branford, CT

#15 Apr 9, 2008
tired of it wrote:
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Your wife also rips off the working families who do not have dental insurance. Many companies do not offer dental insurance and people like your wife take advantage of them.
You, sir , don't have the slightest idea of what you are talking about ... Her fees were scaled to income for those uninsured and she was one of the few who would even take medicare or title 19 ... she ripped off noone she paid decent wages to her staff and she took those that nobody else would take ... she is dead now ... but You sir ...are a moron
Gail

Plainville, CT

#16 Apr 9, 2008
Wonderful - why am I not surprised - so when are we electing another Republican?
Suburban Male

Fond Du Lac, WI

#17 Apr 9, 2008
Hipocrates is rolling over in his grave---

Are their economic references in this time honored pledge?
Rosie G

United States

#18 Apr 9, 2008
Nino Brown wrote:
<quoted text>You, sir , don't have the slightest idea of what you are talking about ... Her fees were scaled to income for those uninsured and she was one of the few who would even take medicare or title 19 ... she ripped off noone she paid decent wages to her staff and she took those that nobody else would take ... she is dead now ... but You sir ...are a moron
Did you mean "medicaid"?
Rosie G

United States

#19 Apr 9, 2008
We moved to a part of the country where doctors are happy to take Medicare. Medicare pays better than some of the state subsidized plans.
swhosley

United States

#20 Apr 9, 2008
Justthefacts wrote:
<quoted text>
If you were told by your boss that your hours were going to increase but your weekly paycheck was going down, would you be happy?
If another company would hire you for more money, or you could keep your job with declining pay but increasing hours, what would you do?
Doctors are like the rest of us. They have families to support, mortgages to pay, kids going to college.
If they are in private practice, they also have expenses. Their expenses are increasing.
If you were a doc, would you tell your spouse and kids that you might have to move to a smaller house and save less for your kids' college education because Uncle Sam just cut your income.
Or would you stop taking Medicare patients who you simply can't afford to see?
Why should the health care crisis be "solved" by forcing the docs to accept lower and lower incomes while hospital managers and drug companies get more and more money?
You left out the fact that they have spent 10-15 years training and usually start out $250,000 in debt from Pre Med, Med school, and Residency!
Uphold the Law

Harwinton, CT

#21 Apr 9, 2008
Nino Browm wrote:
I beg to differ with your stats ... my wife was in Dentistry ... Medicare did'nt pay 25 - 45% LESS then the fees ... they paid 25 - 45%OF the fees .... How is one to maintain a practice when they are getting paid less then half of their fees ....
A great example of Hillary and Obama care. Heaven help us.

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