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Cancer clinics are turning away thousands of Medicare patients. Blame the sequester.
The Washington Post ^ | April 3, 2013 | Sarah Kliff

Posted on 04/03/2013 4:02:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Cancer clinics across the country have begun turning away thousands of Medicare patients, blaming the sequester budget cuts.

Oncologists say the reduced funding, which took effect for Medicare on April 1, makes it impossible to administer expensive chemotherapy drugs while staying afloat financially.

Patients at these clinics would need to seek treatment elsewhere, such as at hospitals that might not have the capacity to accommodate them.

“If we treated the patients receiving the most expensive drugs, we’d be out of business in six months to a year,” said Jeff Vacirca, chief executive of North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates in New York. “The drugs we’re going to lose money on we’re not going to administer right now.”

After an emergency meeting Tuesday, Vacirca’s clinics decided that they would no longer see one-third of their 16,000 Medicare patients....

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 0care; 0carenightmare; abortion; cancer; cancerclinics; deathpanels; medicare; medicarecuts; medicarefunding; obama; obamacare; obamalies; patiensrefused; patientsrefused; patientsturnedaway; sequester; sequesterpunishes; zerocare
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1 posted on 04/03/2013 4:02:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Social Security has had $13.4T pilfered form it which puts seniors at risk. The demoRATS are a total failure.
2 posted on 04/03/2013 4:04:47 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Life is a terminal disease. Throwing good money at attempting to disprove that theory seems ludicrous.


3 posted on 04/03/2013 4:05:33 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I see.... I guess Obama’s plan is kicking in earlier than I expected.

I watched my own son die of Acute Lymphoma several years ago. And to deny cancer treatments *JUST* because of money makes my blood boil.


4 posted on 04/03/2013 4:06:34 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

AF 1 needs to be grounded. And no vacations for the obamas or bidens until this is figured out.

I can’t imagine a Republican President spending tax money on partying while cancer patients are dying from being denied life saving drugs. He would be drawn and quartered by the press- and rightfully so.

This administration is a complete failure and disgrace.


5 posted on 04/03/2013 4:07:09 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The medical racket has already been quite interlinked with government for a long time.


6 posted on 04/03/2013 4:07:52 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: gorush
I think we should keep that in mind when you're diagnosed with cancer or any other treatable disease.
7 posted on 04/03/2013 4:09:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
BS.

Obamacare stole $750 BILLION from Medicare and the Washington Post blames the Sequester?

The Washington Post is a criminal organization.

8 posted on 04/03/2013 4:09:53 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Palin was correct!)
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To: The Working Man

My sincerest condolences to you.


9 posted on 04/03/2013 4:12:04 PM PDT by laplata (The Answer To 1984 Is 1776)
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To: The Working Man

OBAMA DOESN’T CARE ABOUT PEOPLE LIKE YOUR SON, OR ANYONE ELSE WHO DOESN’T VOTE DEMOCRAT, GIVE HIM CAMPAIGN FUNDS, OR WHO IS AN INDEPENDENT THINKER.

Sorry for your loss. I lost both of my parents to Liver Cancer and Leukemia.

Now you know that the Democrats had other plans to kill off people even before they got to the Death Panels.

OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS ARE EVIL, AND WE ARE THEIR TARGETS. It’s as simple as that, yet half the voters last November reelected this marxist traitor and his Senators/Representatives.

As the cartoon character Pogo once said, “We have met the enemy and he is us”.


10 posted on 04/03/2013 4:12:49 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Death Panels are really the (unspoken) key to fixing SocSec and Medicare financials.

Even one year sliced off the avg life expectancy makes a huge improvement.


11 posted on 04/03/2013 4:13:41 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: The Working Man

Are you kidding?

Ya want good health care in the U.S.?

Ya better have lots and lots of money, or damn good medical insurance.


12 posted on 04/03/2013 4:14:46 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: gorush

Gorush,
I watched my FIL die over the course of two years. He was was in his mid 80’s and very ill. The carte blanche medical proceedures that were permitted in his case resulted in a cost that exceeded the ammount of money he made in his entire lifetime.

On top of that, the whole process seemed very un-natural to me. I do not want that. My time is my time. I just want to finish well. Because of medical intervention, he did not finish well.

I am sad.


13 posted on 04/03/2013 4:17:05 PM PDT by super7man
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gee, I am reminded of my tagline everyday.


14 posted on 04/03/2013 4:19:06 PM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So it boils down to...who is to blame for the sequester? I think a lot more people than we’d like are blaming us. It is we who are sending people headlong to their deaths.


15 posted on 04/03/2013 4:19:13 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Cyber Liberty

How are cancer clinics being affected by the sequester? They might be affected by Obamacare, but not the sequester.


16 posted on 04/03/2013 4:21:06 PM PDT by Eva
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To: laplata

Thank you, He had good Doctors and a great facility.

It just hurts because he was in his early twenties and his wife and him had just had a baby, his whole adult life was ahead of him and ‘poof’, it was over.


17 posted on 04/03/2013 4:21:44 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

I think a commercial should be made showing Obama livin it up and. The slow death of the cancer patients. There needs to be pushback.


18 posted on 04/03/2013 4:25:33 PM PDT by lucky american (The Democrats will follow the big "D"even if it means going over a cliff.)
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To: Eva

It’s about cash flow. Gotta keep the cash coming in and out or the clinic’s in trouble (nothing wrong with that). Never mind ObastardCare, our long-standing Medicare is what he’s cutting...to make sure it hurts the right people. The providers we have in the here and now are being threatened to punish them and keep them in line.

It’s rather unsavory, really. Ghoulish, if you will.


19 posted on 04/03/2013 4:29:03 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: The Working Man

I’m so sorry.

My son is a leukemia survivor. He was 3 months old when we caught it.


20 posted on 04/03/2013 4:29:55 PM PDT by laplata (The Answer To 1984 Is 1776)
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