A subscriber posted this on a forum on www.GaryNorth.com.
Just last week a doctor wanted to refer me to a further specialist for diagnosis and treatment, but he said due to my Medicare status, especially under Obamacare that reduces reimbursement, there are few truly gifted back specialists who will see Medicare patients, and this is in a large metropolitan area.
He asked how I felt about simply getting a wheelchair and some pills, to which my face said it all. He smiled and said he knew the answer since, other than the effects of a motor vehicle accident 15 years ago, I am as capable as someone easily a decade younger. But had to ask, since the “easiest” course is now a chair and a pill. I was horrified, but intellectually aware of the direction of socialized medicine where one’s worth to the collective will likely and increasingly determine one’s level of care.
He said there was only ONE doctor in this field in our area he felt would treat me seriously from the love of healing, rather for the monetary gain possible from younger, more productive individuals with private insurance that incidentally provides a higher reimbursement rate.
Obamacare reimbursement rates I gather are more generous because they ARE private insurance plans that passed Obamacare standards for coverage.
I must say it all made me feel VERY expendable.