They are scheduled, today, to vote on the "Doc Fix" which will give the feds, as in HHS, authority to dictate "applicable use criteria" for medical services for seniors.
It's tied in with reimbursements to doctors which is woefully low to begin with. The reason why it's so difficult to find a doctor to take a medicare patient. What has been a short term fix from year to year is now scheduled to become permanent. Woe is us. It gives the Secretary the right to make a judgement on things like CT scans and MRIs. To make matters worse, the doctors went along with this in order to get higher reimbursements and while they have a say in the decisions it's a weak one. The power is with the Secretary shall.
Now I don't know about any of you, but I do not want Kathleen Sebelius anywhere near my medical care. She knows nothing about me nor my needs and even if she did she isn't qualified to make any determination about what is or is not appropriate. That's between my doctors and me.
At the moment this is aimed at radiological services but contains a provision giving the Secretary the authority to expand it to other services.
I'm not saying that Medicare doesn't need reformed. It certainly does, but I implore the medical and senior citizen community to speak up against giving this power over to the government. If the Secretary could micromanage effectively I'd not be so worried but it is evident this one cannot manage at all what's more micro manage. If we've learned anything from Obamacare it should be that government has no place in determining, on their own, what is and what isn't important or appropriate in health care, no matter your age.
Is there such a disconnect that no one notices the language in this bill? Don't they see the same red flags? Have they even read the legislation? Or are they so anxious to get home for the holidays they'll vote for anything just to get out the door.
You know, in a way I hope it slams shut on their foot. And when they go to the doctor to get it fixed they find that the Secretary has determined they can't get an x-ray, a cast or even a pain pill.
One day those who vote for these ludicrous bills will be forced to abide by them just as we are. It can't happen too soon. They ought, too, remember they will one day be old and until then their parents already are. Is this really what they wish on them?