Medicare

Retiring Early

Author: 
Ronald R. Scobbo, MD
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
Summer 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
2

Dear Editor,

After 21 years of clinical practice, performing some 15,000 very complete diagnostic histories and physicals at a private clinic, I had reached my limit of federal government interference with what I considered to be quality medicine. I therefore decided to retire while I still had my sanity; although my wife might have argued that point. I wanted to somehow be active in clinical medicine, yet not get involved with HCFA's heavy-handed control. What a dreamer, I thought to myself, and certainly not simple....

Rejecting Medicare Patients

Author: 
Kathryn A. Serkes
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
Summer 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
2

Dear Editor,

Government meddling, not doctors' greed, is the primary reason senior citizens are having trouble finding doctors to treat them. And the problem is much more widespread than reported by USA Today ("Rejections rise for Medicare patients," 2/19/01, Cover story).

A recent survey conducted by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons reveals that nationally, 20 percent of doctors refuse to accept new Medicare patients. The reason? Not fees, but "hassles and/or threats from Medicare."

Medicare's Midlife Crisis by Sue A. Blevins, RN

Author: 
Reviewed by Edward Annis, MD
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
Spring 2002
Volume Number: 
7
Issue Number: 
1

Ms. Sue Blevins' condensed publication Medicare's Midlife Crisis presents an unvarnished, logical, factual and sensible understanding of the multiple contributing factors leading to the crisis facing Medicare today.

From the very beginning of this remarkable treatise, the reader is introduced to the real Medicare, how it came about and how it functions, burdened by thousands of rules and regulations which steadily and increasingly threaten quality medical care for the nation's elderly.