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Matter of Opinion

Medicare patients: Have you been denied service?

From our editorial today:

Over the past seven years, Medicare reimbursements have been virtually flat while annual medical costs have doubled or tripled the rate of inflation. The squeeze on providers is contributing to a disturbing shortage of primary care physicians as the older ones retire and the younger ones gravitate to specialties that pay better. Plus, more and more doctors are refusing to take new Medicare patients and are cutting off longtime patients once they switch to Medicare, because reimbursements fail to cover the cost of care.

Have you ever been refused by a doctor due to Medicare? Or know someone who has? Blog lines remain open all day.

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