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Reimbursement cutbacks are just the beginning

Did you know that your doctor was informed by the federal government that, beginning March 1, the Medicare reimbursement to him/her will be reduced 21 percent?

A local physician did. The doctor son of a friend of mine, who practices back east, did, also.

I had a $200 medical bill last year, one of several. Medi-care paid about $75. Now it will be about $60.

With the overhead most doctors have and the exorbitant malpractice insurance they have to pay, how long will it be before they stop accepting Medicare patients?

I have a daughter with disabilities. MediCal has refused to renew one of her prescriptions.

She must find a cheaper one, which may or may not be as effective.

If you still think care will not be rationed, that knee replacement or pacemaker may be denied because of your age, fellow seniors, you live in a dream world.

If private insurers are put out of business, and that’s the plan, your MediGap policy will be worthless as well.

This is Change, but I fail to see the Hope.

Gloria Thiele

Grass Valley

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