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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 05:51 PM
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9. Some surgical specialists make a lot of money doing procedures on the elderly.
Some of these surgeries---like hip replacements for people bedridden with Alzheimers---do the patient little good. The AMA is biased towards surgical specialties, so they try to keep surgery fees under Medicare high and primary care preventive medicine fees low. That way there is little incentive for a primary care doctor to keep the elderly health but a whole lot of incentive for surgeons to do procedures.

Medicare needs to become universal cradle to grave insurance with more emphasis on disease prevention. But the subspecialists and the hospitals they keep afloat would not like that.
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