Health Care: TOTUS proposes MORE cuts to Medicare: Specialists reimbursement now on the chopping block: Cardiologists’ payments gutted….

Please Seniors and those who love them, CALL YOUR CONGRESS CRITTERS. These Medicare cuts are appalling!! If this were a Republican POTUS the Congress would be UP IN ARMS over these proposed cuts…

WSJ:

…The Obama administration said Wednesday that it plans to cut Medicare payments for imaging services and specialists, and will use the savings to increase payments to physicians providing primary care.

Under the proposal, Medicare would put specialists’ payments for evaluating and managing illnesses on par with those of primary-care physicians starting in January…

…Payments to cardiologists would be trimmed by 11% overall, but certain procedures they perform would see steeper reductions. Alfred Bove, president of the American College of Cardiology, figured that cardiologists would receive 42% less for an echocardiogram and 24% less for a cardiac catheterization.

Radiologists would see an estimated cut of 20% for imaging services using expensive equipment such as MRI and CT scans, said Bibb Allen, chairman of the commission on economics at the American College of Radiology. That would be in addition to the cuts imposed on radiologists under a 2005 law, he said.

AGAIN he goes after the radiologists! What is with him and the MRIs??!!

The proposal (is) open for public comment until Aug. 31 and expected to be completed by Nov. 1…

…Groups representing cardiologists, radiologists and other specialists said they will lobby lawmakers to stop the cuts. Dr. Bove warned that “cutting back like this certainly threatens the successes we have had over the years with reducing heart disease.”…

Isn’t heart disease the number one killer of Americans? Why would you reduce payments on heart caths and EKGs??? SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!! IS THIS THE FRAKKIN PLAN TO CUT COSTS?? CBO just came out and said the increased inflation in costs on healthcare is AGING POPULATION…uh oh…

OH NOES!!! TO SERVE MAN!! *(condensed clip courtesy of nterpri)

They claim the idea is to bring specialists compensation in line with GPs and thereby increase GPs. SAME ASS BACKWARDS PLAN THEY HAVE FOR THE ECONOMY.

TAKING AWAY FORM ONE PERSON IS NOT HOW TO GROW THE OTHER PERSONS PIE!!!!!! (and we know how obsessed TOTUS is with pie)

Specialists have MORE TRAINING, MORE EXPENSES, MORE EDUCATION, MORE CERTIFICATION. THEY GET MORE, GET IT??

ARRRRGGGLLEEE..

I hope to have some kick ass cardiologists out there when I get older, please folks, call Congress, tell them NO CUTS TO SPECIALISTS NO GUTTING MEDICARE TO GIVE TO THE UNINSURED. THIS IS NOT HOW WE DO IT IN AMERICA!!!!

And we haven’t even gotten into the fact that education and HEALTHCARE are the ONLY jobs sectors still growing. leave them aloooooone!! /rant off

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Health Care Update: There’s always Soylent Green….Hot Air » Are the elderly cost effective?

Vodpod videos no longer available. From HA, Congress Critters headed by Baucus today heard arguments to restrict OVERUSE of health care by ELDERLY:

Professor Stuart Altman of Brandeis University:

Remember, our population is aging. And with the very, very elderly, the costs go down, so that percentage should be falling, and it’s not. Second, the cost of care is growing by so much, so at the same percentage, it’s worth a lot more. So let’s go back to the issue of comparative effectiveness, which we’re supporting. That’s where that can have a big impact. It’s not only there, but that’s where the waste is. That’s where people are using technologies that really either don’t work at all or keep people alive for for very limited [time] and [at] very high cost. Hospice is one option, but we do need take account of the cost —

you know, I hate to say it, the cost-benefit of some of the things we do. And either we can do it directly, or we can do it by bundling the payments and let the delivery system deal with it. So it’s a combination of the delivery system dealing with it, or, and/or providing more information for people to make the right decisions, both for themselves and for the care.

See for these loons the RIGHT DECISION is to die, push people off on an ice floe when they have outlived their usefulness to society..of course these same people want to give this care to people who are in quite a few cases also not productive members of the working economy, but that’s okay I guess…..unfrakkinbelievable, hope the Baby Boomers who voted for this are taking note, your children in GEN X a-hem will be taxed to death and unable to support you as Team Obama denies your hip replacement (he mentioned in a NYT interview he wonders if it  was really the RIGHT THING for his typical white grandma to get her hip replaced shortly before she died..me, I think that was Granny and her doctor’s decision…..

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