A Sunday New York Times editorial on President Obama’s Medicare Proposals seemed to agree with a new proposal to make Medicare beneficiaries pay a surcharge of up to $300 per year for buying private Medigap policies. In addition to raising $2.5 billion over the next 10 years, the Times stated that the more important goal was to “push beneficiaries away from so-called first-dollar coverage and make them think twice before getting a test or a procedure or deciding to visit the doctor.”
This article was first posted on TheDoctorWeighsIn on October 4, 2011
A couple of years ago, while working as Chief Medical Officer of a Medicare Advantage health plan, our pharmacist called me to tell about a member who had filled prescriptions for a huge amount of pain medications – including oxycodone and Kadian, an oral morphine. She said she had never, in her entire career as a pharmacist, seen someone being prescribed so much of these powerful drugs (this was pre-Michael Jackson and propofol).