Medicare Promise Already Broken: Losing My Doctor

Medicare Promise Already Broken: Losing My Doctor

Letter to the Editor:
Healthcare, a biggie to some of us over 65: Do you happen to remember the ‘promise’ that went something like this: “If you like your doctor or insurance, you can keep them.”

Well, guess what? I am currently covered by Medicare but have just been informed by my family doctor of 26 years (whom I do like very much) that effective January 1, 2013, he will reduce the size of his patient load from 2700 to 600 patients.

He will still accept Medicare, but will require an annual fee of $1700 to remain a patient of his. Is this possibly to offset the coming reduction in Medicare payments to physicians?

No explanation has yet been given as to his method of selected who will remain, but when asked whether this resulted from enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), one of his staff ensured us that is the case.

I hope that on November 6, 2013, the citizens remember this type of “promises” kept!

Sincerely,
Gerald W. Haynes

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