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ObamaCare’s Impact on Medicare Patients

Medicare patients are promised unaffected healthcare coverage in spite of price-cuts prompted with ObamaCare. Puzzled by the statics many wonder how ObamaCare will be of any benefit with a financial deficit of $716 billion to Medicare? Promises never seemed so vague. Patients and healthcare providers are questioning these so-called "benefits" for the elderly under ObamaCare.

Betsy McCaughey, former Lt. Governor of New York and writer of ObamaCare's cuts to hospitals will cost seniors their lives, shares some insight on the subject; "Don't be bamboozled. It's illogical to think that reducing what a hospital is paid to treat seniors won't harm their care. A mountain of scientific evidence proves the cuts will worsen the chance that an elderly patient survives a hospital stay and goes home. It's reasonable to conclude that tens of thousands of seniors will die needlessly each year."

When looking at the situation objectively many healthcare professionals conclude that ObamaCare will certainly impact Medicare patients, but not in a positive way. We cannot expect optimal healthcare when medical facilities and physicians are facing a significant price-cut for their services.

McCaughey goes on to mention a research conducted on over two million elderly patients in 208 California hospitals revealed that elderly patients in low spending hospitals get less care and have a lower survival rate than elderly patients with the same diagnosis treated at higher spending hospitals. The statistics are clear and reducing the funding to Medicare will only leave the elderly at a disadvantage.

Dr. Marc Siegel, professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, journals on How Obamacare hurts seniors. Siegel brings to light some valid points from the standpoint healthcare providers. "No wonder a recent Doctor Patient Medical Association poll found that 74% of doctors say they will stop accepting Medicare patients or will leave Medicare entirely because of Obamacare", said Siegel. In his article, Dr. Siegel, describes a patient scenario in which Medicare helped saved the life of his patient George. With the funds provided by Medicare, George was able to receive prompt diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, with the financial cut physicians and hospitals will face under ObamaCare, many patients will not have it as good as George.  

"I am concerned that as Obamacare attempts to cut $716 billion from Medicare, the belt-tightening orchestrated by the Independent Payment Advisory Board will have a trickle-down effect on my practice." Says Dr. Siegel.

Many experts agree on safer methods of reducing Medicare expenses such as increasing age eligibility and senior contributes in share of cost. ObamaCare does not seem promising to Medicare patients, healthcare facilities, and health care professionals. 

* All information should be discussed with your healthcare provider prior to incorporating any suggestions in this article. This article is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide advise or direct client decisions.

 

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Yeneilyn is a Registered Nurse in the state of Florida since 2006. Her nursing practice began in the field of Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Hospital and expanded to care for clients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). She was provided the opportunity as LPN Instructor, which changed the course of her nursing career. She states, “Teaching nursing students expanded my view on positive influences nurses contribute beyond beside care. Nurses are central leaders in health education, client advocacy, and disease prevention.” Currently, Yeneilyn writes health articles and prepares Continuing Education (C.E.) courses for healthcare professionals. She continues her studies in the field of Nursing Education and evidenced-based nursing practice. In her free time she enjoys sharing time with family and friends.


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