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How Deficit Reduction Plans Would Affect Medicare



Medicare is a complicated program, and so are the proposals to reduce its costs. One red flag is that both the White House and the GOP proposals seem more concerned with reducing costs than improving healthcare.



1 comments on "How Deficit Reduction Plans Would Affect Medicare"
Susan Ward (4/20/2011 at 2:27 PM)

I have worked in the healthcare industry for many years, and am amazed at the bureacracy's attempts to control health care costs. All the elected officials think they are experts in healthcare, when it seems they actually know very little about it. With all the rules and regulations that are added to healthcare each year, has the quality of healthcare actually improved? It has gotten more expensive, and we have better technology, but has the actual care delivered improved? Implementation and compliance with all the laws, regulations and rules adds staff and costs health care providers money, which increases the cost of healthcare. Hospitals have as many administrative staff as they do direct care givers today, just to comply with all the mandated requirements. Then there is HIPAA. It costs hospitals and other health care providers a lot of money, but are patient records safe? It seems we have more breaches of confidential information today than we ever had before. Medicare is out of control because of the way it is administered. If the Medicare regulations were clear for everyone to follow, instead of written in vague language that can be interpreted many different ways, providers would not have difficulty understanding the billing policies. Would there still be people trying to bilk the system -absolutely. But go after the criminals, not the honest providers who want to do what's right, but can't get a straight answer from Medicare when they ask for clarification. Critics of the cost of U.S. healthcare compare our costs to the cost of healthcare in other countries. My question is this - do other countries have the endless regulations and rules that the U.S. has in place? I have never heard anyone address this question, but I think it deserves and answer. Thank you for allowing me to comment.