One commenter suggested that it was a "weakness" that my post depended on the recounting of a single physician speaking at a political gathering.
Well, let's add a few more Delaware physicians, in the form of a letter from EIGHT physiatrists or neurologists to their patients, warning them about what may happen soon due to the "savings" that President Obama pulled out of health care for the elderly:
As our patient, you know how effective your spine injections have been in treating your pain. The CMS, the agency that administers the Medicare program, is considering limiting or eliminating coverage for these injections. They have made a list of coverage guidelines called the NCD (National Coverage Determination) list. Spine injections are on the list and may be limited or eliminated from coverage. This means that injections would no longer be covered by Medicare. Furthermore, all of the other insurers are sure to follow their lead, so the injections would not be covered by any insurance carrier if the CMS follows through.
This would be devastating since it would severely limit, or possibly eliminate, your ability to continue with your treatments. Others with similar conditions to your would also face limited means to treat their back pain--they may be forced into surgery or have to make do with addictive pain medications, which as you know are not most patients' first choice.
We are asking your help in trying to prevent this from happening. Members of Congress pay attention to the opinions of their constituent--your voice matters ...
The letter is signed by
Dr. Anthony CucuzzellaWhy is this such a big deal? Simply because it is a graphic reminder that we are already starting to go through the first stages of rationing care by eliminating procedures from the "covered" list on Medicare, which then gives the impetus to all other insurance carriers to follow suit.
Dr. Tony Cucuzzella
Dr. Anton Delport
Dr. Elva Delport
Dr. Ann Kim
Dr. Nancy Kim
Dr. Scott Roberts
Dr. Frank Selo
Because we are in a "rigged" rather than "regulated" insurance market (thank you, delacrat, for that observation), the government is now actively colluding with health insurance corporations to curtail what medical services you can and cannot access.
Read that letter again: spine injections are a time-tested, economical, and safe way of maintaining patients with chronic pain who would otherwise be forced to (a) undergo expensive and potentially risky surgery; (b) switch over to addictive pain medications; or (c) simply suffer.
There's only one party interested in fighting this in our State: the Libertarian Party of Delaware.
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