(I am 73 years old, why should I continue to pay into Medicare if I was cut off at 65)
The whole artical:
There are real difficulties getting a physician who will accept a new Medicare patient," he said.
In the last year, about 200 Texas doctors have quit accepting Medicare patients because the government reimbursement often doesn't cover costs for treating seniors over 65. Countless other physicians are refusing to accept new Medicare patients.
While Congress has temporarily staved off new cuts five times this year, a 23 percent decrease will go into effect again December 1.
"I can't believe we're here again asking Congress to stop another drastic cut to payments," said Dr. Susan Rudd Bailey, president of the Texas Medical Association.
Wednesday in Fort Worth, doctors, seniors and AARP asked citizens to sign a petition and call their Congress person to fix Medicare permanently.
"Each time Congress plays this game of chicken, the cut to physicians grows deeper and fear among our patients and physicians increases," Bailey said.
Cureton said he fears without a fix, he won't be able to find a doctor to see him through his senior years.
The new health care law will spread a limited amount of money to more people. Now, many wonder if Congress can afford to stay the Medicare cuts even temporarily. They have only five working days to try before they leave for Thanksgiving break."