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Medicare headlines symptoms of sick system

May 14, 2012 at 12:14 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

I, Dorothy Geraldine Wilson, am an "old woman," not "old lady," as I have been known to have a "bad temper" now and then. Ladies never lose their tempers.

Just read in the Advocate paper, and I quote:

"Medicaid spending grows faster than taxes in Texas can cover." I did receive a few dollars too much from my Social Security check, causing me to lose my "Medicaid."

I did spend two hours in a nearby hospital with a chest cold and got a bill from the hospital for $2,368. One area where Millwee and lawmakers agreed they could "find savings" was in "keeping the elderly and disabled out of the emergency rooms." The state could save money by giving better preventative care so patients don't need to be in the emergency room, agency experts testified. Are hospital emergency rooms over charging "the old" and disabled?

Another headline in the Victoria Advocate paper:

"107 charged in Medicare Fraud Busts in 7 Cities"

Federal authorities charged 107 doctors, nurses and social workers in seven cities with "Medicare Fraud." Keep the old people "out of doctors' offices." Why not just "gas" the "old people" like unwanted dogs and cats and be done with them, period.

Dorothy Geraldine Wilson, Seadrift

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