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Medicare Patients No Longer Accepted At Mayo Clinic In Arizona
Smart About Health.net ^ | January 2, 2010

Posted on 01/03/2010 12:34:13 PM PST by La Lydia

Phoenix - The Mayo Clinic in Arizona, as of tomorrow, will no longer accept patients who are on Medicare. Medicare patients are no longer going to be accepted due to the fact that the compensation paid out by Medicare is apparently not adequate to make up for the cost of care taken on by the clinic.

What this means is that many patients on Medicare are either going to have to begin to pay in cash, or be turned away to go elsewhere outside of the Mayo Clinic.

The Mayo Clinic has roughly 3,000 patients on Medicare who see their doctors in Arizona. As of tomorrow though, they will either have to pay in cash for their doctor visits, or go somewhere else.

This is only for the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, as this does not impact their other locations in Florida and Minnesota.

A lot of this has to do with the fact that doctors make far less treating Medicare patients than they do treating patients on private health insurance plans.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: deathpanels; mayoclinic; medicare; obamacare; phoenix; rationing; seniors; socializedmedicine
Shape of things to come.
1 posted on 01/03/2010 12:34:17 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Change you can believe in......


2 posted on 01/03/2010 12:37:50 PM PST by gibtx2 (End Tenure)
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To: La Lydia

Medicaire and soon Obamacare is paying so little that institutions are losing too much to cover up with other profits as was past practice.


3 posted on 01/03/2010 12:39:12 PM PST by Ingtar (I closed my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment's gone...)
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To: La Lydia

We saw this coming a mile away. Barry, Reid and Baucus have cut-off the nation’s elderly at the knees.


4 posted on 01/03/2010 12:39:13 PM PST by purplelobster
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To: purplelobster

I have a feeling they are going to walk on what left of their legs straight to Lowe’s to stock up on pitchforks and torches. And they will take it out on the weasels in Congress. There is already an army of 3,000 ready to arise in Phoenix. The Phoenix-area congressmen who voted for the health care bill that cut the Medicare payments are going to be in for a fun year.


5 posted on 01/03/2010 12:43:31 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia
Shape of things to come.

When this idiot gets his way, we will be running to to Canadian border to get better health care.

6 posted on 01/03/2010 12:49:28 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: La Lydia
So let me see if I have this straight: Any person at age 65 is forced to go on medicare, regardless of their health. (I have $90 or so taken out of my SS every month to pay for a "service" I have never used since I was forced to have it.) Even though medicare pays so little, and forces doctors to bill medicare regardless the minute a medicare recipient walks into their waiting room, and the patient is forbidden to pay cash for medical services they receive. So now, if this "Mayo plan" goes into effect, how can these people get the services they require? (I'm in good health, and don't worry about this for myself, but my concern is for those who need lots of medical supervision.)

Talk about death panels.

7 posted on 01/03/2010 12:50:25 PM PST by redhead (Roger Simon says Obama is a high speed factory manufacturing conservatives.)
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To: La Lydia

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

Karl Marx.


8 posted on 01/03/2010 12:50:42 PM PST by OldNavyVet
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To: EGPWS

No, they are all socialized up, too. Go south. There are many places in Mexico where you can get first rate medical care.


9 posted on 01/03/2010 12:52:36 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

Karl Marx.


10 posted on 01/03/2010 12:52:41 PM PST by OldNavyVet
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To: OldNavyVet

You are presuming Obamao had good intentions.

I must disagree.


11 posted on 01/03/2010 12:56:29 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: La Lydia
No, they are all socialized up, too.

Lesser of two evils soon, sadly enough.

12 posted on 01/03/2010 1:01:00 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: redhead

I went on Medicare last March and have a Medigap supplimental insurance with United Health Care. I’ve been to two drs here in DFW and have had no problems with them taking Medi with the supplimental.


13 posted on 01/03/2010 1:13:49 PM PST by ol' hoghead (He is not here; for he is risen.)
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To: La Lydia

I have wondered why there isn’t more of this from the medical community. If enough of them organized and took similar action you can bet there would be an uproar.


14 posted on 01/03/2010 1:18:50 PM PST by Joan Kerrey (The bigger the government = The smaller the people)
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To: Joan Kerrey

Harvard Medical School announced that the health care plan will NOT address the problems in our health care system.


15 posted on 01/03/2010 1:19:38 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: OldNavyVet
The road to hell is paved with Obama’s shovel ready projects. Don't get sick along the way.
16 posted on 01/03/2010 1:21:37 PM PST by JPG (Al Gore, the several million degree man.)
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To: redhead

Is it actually illegal for a Medicare patient to pay for their own care?


17 posted on 01/03/2010 1:27:05 PM PST by tbw2 (Freeper sci-fi - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: redhead
So now, if this "Mayo plan" goes into effect, how can these people get the services they require?

So it is becoming more transparent that Obama's Health Care Reform is designed to thin out the old herd?

Too bad for Arizona tho. Seniors used to spend tons of money there.

sw

18 posted on 01/03/2010 1:33:23 PM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: tbw2
"Is it actually illegal for a Medicare patient to pay for their own care?"

We had a doctor's townhall here this summer, and this subject came up. I am not familiar with the actual law covering such a situation. But the doctors testified that any patient on medicare MUST be billed to medicare. The patient is not allowed to cover the entire cost themselves, even should they wish to and have the cash in their hand. All patients 65 and over are on medicare, whether they wish it or not.

19 posted on 01/03/2010 2:12:11 PM PST by redhead (Roger Simon says Obama is a high speed factory manufacturing conservatives.)
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To: redhead

A relative received treatment for cancer 2yrs ago at Mayo Scottsdale. He had to pay up front and received the reimbursement from Medicare. This seems to be a new practice with primary care physicians. Mayo Rochester stopped taking medicaid patients from 2 states about 6 months ago because the reimbursement did not come near covering the cost from the treatments received. I think what we are seeing here is national news agencies trying to make Mayo out to be bad. I don’t agree with that. One only has to look at the number of dentists who do not take new medicaid patients, the number of physicians who have limited their new patients and what type of insurance they will take. etc etc, it is NOT just the Mayo Clinic.

I do see the eventuality of many physicians near retirement age with years of experience that they should pass on retiring rather then working for peanuts.

If you had the responsibility for life and death decisions would you want a guberment official telling you how to do a job you’ve done for years?


20 posted on 01/03/2010 2:55:09 PM PST by tickles
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To: ol' hoghead

Here in SW Washington state, most medical clinics have waiting lists for new medicare patients. My own doctor’s office is not accepting any new patients. SInce I was with them for 5 years before joining medicare, I hope they don’t throw me out.


21 posted on 01/03/2010 4:46:04 PM PST by ajay_kumar (Need 1 more RINO or Conservative in senate to be able to filibuster all socialist bills)
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To: redhead

You are on medicare ONLY if you sign up for social security benefits. Then they take out the medicare premium automatically out of your SS check.

But 99.99% of people sign up with SS when eligible. So yes,
they are all on medicare.

However nothing stops you from getting your own separate insurance or pay cash and get any treatment you want.


22 posted on 01/03/2010 4:50:05 PM PST by ajay_kumar (Need 1 more RINO or Conservative in senate to be able to filibuster all socialist bills)
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To: La Lydia

Already true of so many hospitals and clinics. I guess it is just a matter of time before they make it mandatory for all medicare patients to be accepted everywhere. Since I am one of those, it does not make me feel good - but I applaud the medical industry for not taking on patients that only pay half of the bill! What I wonder is just what government will do when private enterprise declines all Medicare patients?

Of course, with the current bill, they seem intent on taking over all medical practice so I guess all except the rich will receive poor treatment, at best.


23 posted on 01/03/2010 6:25:54 PM PST by Deagle
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To: Deagle

I think the entire point of what Obama and Congress is trying to do is destroy all the private hospitals and clinics (and insurance companies) and force us all into a public health service type system, with its rationing, its waiting lists, its inferior care, and its higher death rates. They are bent on destroying the best health care system in the world, and on lowering the standards of care in this country so that everyone is equally miserable, except, of course, for themselves. They will have separate, superior facilities for themselves and their families. That was the case in the Soviet Union, and that will be the case here as well. We are being enslaved.


24 posted on 01/03/2010 7:54:33 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

I agree... but the coming revolt will change things...


25 posted on 01/03/2010 8:21:33 PM PST by Deagle
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To: Deagle

I see the Commie Primary Care Providers, Clinics & Hospitals coming under violent attack by a throng of very pissed off US Citizens in the very near future compromised predominately of disillusioned Dems and so-called former Dems.


26 posted on 01/03/2010 11:59:06 PM PST by Birdsbane ("Onward through the fog!" ... Oat Willie)
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To: Birdsbane

Yes! I can only hope that sensible lawmakers see the light and change this monstrosity of a bill before the revolt. Change is a coming (one way or another - if this bill passes)...


27 posted on 01/04/2010 12:06:15 AM PST by Deagle
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To: La Lydia

Well, the health care bill will fix this. First of all, they will not be able to refuse treatment. Second of all, they will have to cut back on services to everybody if the government funds can’t cover the cost of the treatment.

Fair is fair. Reduce treatment options to the lowest common denominator. If we can’t afford it for everyone, no one gets the treatment.

From now on, the treatment for every disease or problem is: Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.


28 posted on 01/04/2010 12:11:58 AM PST by Rocky (Obama's ego: The "I's" have it.)
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