A growing number of physicians in America are leaving Medicare. Doctors are departing from the bureaucratic system that costs them and their patients too much. Of those who remain with Medicare for their existing patients, fewer and fewer are taking on any new Medicare patients. A Wall Street Journal article reports these trends while people all over the country are experiencing the phenomena from their own doctors.
The trend finds people, especially among elderly patients, who cannot find doctors to treat them. When they do find doctors who continue with Medicare, the wait times for services can be insufferably long. Medicare patients may find that they contribute to the nation’s rising death rate instead of living longer from government-paid care. Was lowered longevity for seniors a purposeful part of the Medicare plan?
Seniors complain — and are very vocal — about more and more of their doctors opting out of Medicare every year. With fewer and fewer doctors accepting Medicare for existing patients or new ones, eventually only the doctors hungry for patients will stay with such a bureaucratized system. It makes one wonder whether the government foresaw that Medicare would produce desperate doctors and inferior medical care for the more mature folks who need care the most.
A surprising result for doctors opting out of Medicare is that they can charge the same or less for services. Such savings result from vastly less paperwork for reports and filing claims, thereby cutting overhead significantly. Patients without Medicare find superior medical service from doctors freed from bureaucratic administrative duties.
Another surprising result for patients opting out of Medicare is that Social Security benefits can be at risk. Yes, seniors who chose Medicare in the past and now want to opt out do so at the risk of their monthly SS check, which is, after all, their own money. The government has, in essence, made leaving Medicare impossible while keeping the hard-earned savings of citizens for itself.
So the confiscatory policy that was instituted to serve seniors in their twilight years has resulted in free, possibly inferior medical care, if they can get it at all. Those who can pay for themselves are forced to stay.
Somehow this says that all of us have lost our freedom to choose in a system that produced limited care to those who need it the most. This is what we get when government controls the systems better left to individuals given the liberty to choose under free markets.
This is socialized medicine, folks, and it’s coming to a doctor’s office near you.