Doctors are already denying seeing patients because of the reduced Medicare compensation. We ran into this problem time and again with my mother, who passed away in 2004. Now my turn will be soon, and I don't want to experience the terrible problems that we did with my mother.
As a school teacher who can no longer work because of a serious medical condition from which I am not expected to recover, I have needed Medicare and Medicaid for years. I have a wonderful doctor and she deserves proper payment. I know there are people out there, both Dr. and patient who abuse the system and should not have or be paid under these benefits, but I've never met one. I believe these are few and far between. I also believe that despite my inability to work, I have been and will always be a valuable member of society, just like a wounded soldier, and my medical providers deserve proper pay from Medical and Medicaid for proper services rendered. Yes, the system is fatally flawed. It is our job to fix it appropriately for the sake of those who do a great job caring for those of us who need it, and for those who are forced into the system due to our health and the denial of other available benefits to us patients either due to financial or medical reasons. My daughters are 17 and 18 with the same health issue I have and I cannot insure them for under $500/mo, without Medical or Medicare, when we live on $800/mo. Do they deserve to die because health care is in such shambles. Maybe, with the proper care, they will be able to recover and be very useful to society. Don't they deserve a chance? Don't I? Don't our doctors deserve proper pay for caring for us?
As a person on dialysis since 1995, I would either be bankrupt or dead without Medicare. It is imperative for myself and all other Medicare beneficiaries that the Medicare program remain in tact and viable. Thank you for all you can do to make it so.
As a caregiver to my 93 year old Mom I am seeing how critical services and supports are rapidly being pulled out from our most vulnerable citizens. They don't deserve this. Medicare support is for many the only way they are getting medical care. Families are stretched to the ends of their resources. Don't make more cuts! This is a matter of life and death for many.
I am almost 79, and working harder than ever to pay for health care. We cannot afford a family doctor, ad indeed, nobody will take us on Medicare. If Medicare deteriorates, we will face moving out of the United States.
As a senior and knowing many seniors it is our right to have proper medical attention from well-qualified physicians who are paid a fair wage not having their pay cut.
Due to budget cuts in California, my doctor is not longer accepting Medi-Cal and has informed me that if the projected cuts take place he will no longer accept Medicare either. I am totally disabled and have no other insurance options or ways to pay for me medical care. Please stop the projected cuts to doctor reimbursement. Without being able to afford office visits, I'll end up hospitalized and cost the taxpayer much more than the government saved with it's current cut projections.
My Wife & I are in our 70s & are on a fixed income. We cannot afford to pay doctors who do not participate in Medicare. Please do not lower the Medicare compensation to doctors.
My wife and I are already having problems finding MD's to take us on a patients, even for mundane visits. With a 20% cut, we are terrified we will be able to find none. We are FURIOUS with Congress for, many times in the past, dipping into the the SS and Medicare "TRUST Funds" for other purposes.
My father served this country in the United States Air Force for 26 years! My parents worked hard all of their lives and now are facing cuts not only with Medicare, but with Tricare as well? It makes me irate to think what the government thinks of their seniors and military. We need to take care of our own FIRST!