Cross-posted from Modern Healthcare
Target providers’ sense of entitlement
Americans are paying more for Medicare, but where is that money going?
By Rosemary Gibson
Posted: May 4, 2013 – 12:01 am ET
Springtime in Washington brings the annual federal budget ritual. This year, President Barack Obama’s budget for 2014 included a proposal to increase Medicare premiums for higher-income seniors. Other ideas to sustain Medicare are cross-pollinating across the political aisle.
Both Republicans and Democrats have discussed raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67.
Whatever the White House and Congress decide, Americans need to be prepared for sticker shock when they enroll in Medicare.
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Book Discussion on Medicare Meltdown
On April 9, Rosemary Gibson talked about her book, Medicare Meltdown: How Wall Street and Washington are Ruining Medicare and How to Fix It, in which she presents her thoughts on the future of Medicare. The author argued that the healthcare industry is dependent on Medicare spending, and that the proposed $600 billion cuts will affect the program’s solvency. Rosemary Gibson spoke at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
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Medicare is known as an entitlement program for seniors over age sixty-five. It is also the largest and most lucrative entitlement-based program for the health care industry.
In 2011 the federal government redistributed nearly six hundred billion dollars from seniors and other taxpayers to hospitals, doctors, home care agencies, skilled nursing fac ilities, drug companies, device manufacturers, and other providers of services. Millions of seniors benefit every day, and their lives are better because of it. Nonetheless, a substantial portion of the money is wasted on excessive spending that does not help seniors and might cause more harm than good.
Republican congressman Paul Ryan from Wisconsin criticizes Medicare for creating a culture of dependence and entitlement among the public on government-run programs. Today, a senior on Medicare can expect to receive, on average, about $180,000 in Medicare benefits during his or her retirement years. This amount is lost in the decimal points of the billions in excessive, wasteful spending by the health care industry, which has an entitlement mindset and is dependent on Medicare.
An entitlement-based industry does the following:
Tolerates poor performance
Has reputational immunity
Seeks protection from political elites
Read the rest of Chapter 11: 7 Habits of a Highly Entitled Health Care Industry
Buy the book!
You are invited to hear author Rosemary Gibson talk about her new book, Medicare Meltdown: How Wall Street and Washington are Ruining Medicare and How to Fix It,
When: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Hill Center on Capitol Hill, Abraham Lincoln Hall
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C.
For more information, visit www.MedicareMeltdown.org
Rosemary Gibson speaks on July 31, 2013 about her book, The Battle Over Health Care, on C-SPAN Book TV
Rosemary Gibson examines the current health care debate and the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Ms. Gibson reports on the creation of the legislation, its recent passage, and the fiscal affect on insurance providers and the federal government. She showed slides during her presentation and responded to questions from members of the audience at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Book Discussion on The Treatment Trap, July 26, 2010
St. Peter’s Healthcare System
Rosemary Gibson argues that the overuse of medicine is an important contributor to the exploding cost of health care in the United States. She also says that many people have been negatively effected by undergoing .. Read More
Rosemary Gibson argues that the overuse of medicine is an important contributor to the exploding cost of health care in the United States. She also says that many people have been negatively effected by undergoing unnecessary procedures. She spoke in the Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
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