The Untold Health Care Story: How They Crippled Medicare

Source: Lillian B. Rubin, Dissent, Vol. 55 no. 3, Summer 2008

…. Since the medical community in the city knew of the shuttering of the office where I’d been cared for, they were prepared for calls like mine. Some announced on their voice mail: “The doctor isn’t taking any new Medicare patients”; some asked the fatal question about insurance before responding to my request for an appointment; and a few waited until they had noted all my personal information before asking the question. Twelve calls; twelve refusals to take Medicare…

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