Medicare Revisited

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I’ve written many times about the problems with Medicare; The too high costs and the cheating, by consumers as well as providers.

In yesterday’s Times an op-ed piece suggests how we can “Cut Medicare, Help Patients”  I pretty much agree with their suggestions. There are entirely too many tests ordered that are either useless or even harmful to patients. I agree.  One think I have a quarrel with is the statement that “the responsibility for ending unnecessary medical spending needs to be placed in the hands of doctors and hospitals.”

Where is the patient?  Should he or she not be included in the decision-making process? We, the patients tend to be well-informed about our bodies and well-being.  Discuss treatment with us please. Get our input and together decide what needs to be done.

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