Tuesday, March 17, 2009
No Wonder Medicare is Broke
I wouldn't have believed this if I hadn't seen it with my very own eyes. A doctor I practice with send a Medicare patient (that means over age 65 with their health care covered by you and me paying taxes!!!) to a medical supply store to get a carpal tunnel splint. Even though we carry these splints in the office, we don't supply them to Medicare patients because Medicare will never reimburse us the $22 fee for the splint. So we have to send the patient to an ortho supplier, which is a hassle for the patient but what choice do we have?
This splint doesn't require fitting. It comes in small, medium and large and just "velcros" together. The patient got a copy of the bill to Medicare....drumroll...$900.00. Yes, $900.00 for a simple wrist splint.
Medicare will not pay the entire amount but the supplier knows they will get a HUGE portion of that charge. What if they only get 1/2? Folks, you can't make this stuff up. The waste and crazy payment systems are killing us. They bill it BECAUSE THEY CAN!
No wonder our health care system is broken.
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