Jeopardy for older Americans

One of the most troubling articles I’ve read is from a doctor who is the head of Emergency Services in Tennessee.  She said, “ We are already seeing cutbacks throughout the services we provide due to the new Health Care Policy.   Patients who would normally receive Dialysis can no longer be accepted.  In the past, there was always an automatic approval under Medicare for anyone who needed Dialysis, but not anymore.”   

 She indicated that as of 2013 no one over 75 will be given major medical procedures unless approved by the Ethics Panel.  These panels will determine whether a patient receives medical treatment or not.  She also pointed out that the most life-threatening emergencies occur after normal hospital hours, and if there are emergencies that depend on being resolved within minutes or just a few hours, the likelihood of getting approval from these Panels to save a life are going to be very challenging and difficult, if not impossible.

  This applies to major operations such as receiving stents, bypass surgery, kidney operations, or treating for an aneurysm that would normally be covered under Medicare today.  In other  words, if you need a life saving operation, Medicare will not provide coverage anymore after 2013 if you are 75 or older.  

   This is your parents, grandparents, and possibly you if you are 75 or over.


     Sherry Kisamore

     Priest River

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