This NY Times article notes that many patients who become Medicare eligible are finding that the “insurance rug has been pulled out from under them.”
More and more physicians are dropping Medicare and patients can’t find physicians to take care of them.
“The doctors’ reasons: reimbursement rates are too low and paperwork too much of a hassle.”
There is already a shortage of internists in the US and the ones that are available are unwilling to accept new Medicare patients. Universal coverage doesn’t mean much if no one takes your insurance.
The more I think about this, the more I wonder whether this is exactly what the feds are looking for. They keep taking 15+% out of everyone’s paychecks to fund a Medicare system that fewer and fewer doctors participate in – until everyone pays a lot of money to end up with little or no access to medical care.