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Medicare: Government does it right

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True Conservative tells how Medicare‘s clarity and excellence simplified the inefficient mess made by private insurers and providers as he audits his grandmother’s statements:
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I recently had occasion to go through two years of my 84-year-old mom’s medical and insurance statements […]
All I can say is, thank god for Medicare. […]

The bills and statements from private providers and private insurers were nightmarish–mostly just dollar amounts (often lacking dates of service) attached to cryptic codes–often providers’ internal codes unrelated to standard practice codes […]

Happily, the Medicare statements made it easy. They are clear, well-laid out, and fully informative (in plain English)

Thanks to the Medicare statements, I got the job done in a few hours.

Then […] time to choose a Medicare drug plan for my mom. Guess what? Medicare has the best insurance comparison engine, hands-down, anywhere on the web […] No private entity is offering anything even approaching this site […]

So when somebody tells you that you can’t trust governent to do anything right…well, you won’t convince them because it’s a faith-based belief…but you can take comfort in knowing that they’re just plain wrong.

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  1. At Healthbase (, we are helping many uninsured and underinsured people for high quality and affordable medical procedures in 14 countries including within USA. Please visit our website for more information, and free cost estimate.


    December 30, 2008 at 6:35 pm

  2. I went to and talked to ‘Moe’. He advised me of the Wichita connection. Close to same price as overseas. And only 3 hours from home.

    Rick Reiley

    December 22, 2008 at 4:29 pm

  3. Wonderful! How did you find it in Wichita?


    December 19, 2008 at 11:23 pm

  4. Having heart trouble and being uninsurable (gave it up when it got to $1100 a month with a $5000 deductible) I recently opted for ‘medical tourism’. Intended to go to the Phillipines or India if necessary for affordable care. Got it instead in Wichita Kansas. For 20% of what it was going to cost through a standard hospital. Was treated like a real person, kept informed of all procedures and costs well in advance, had the procedure done and was home in three days. One piece of paperwork, my invoice. What a deal.

    Rick Reiley

    December 19, 2008 at 9:25 pm

  5. ah…talking about drugs did it!!


    December 16, 2008 at 12:13 am

    • See? Even blogs know drugs are bad for you!


      December 18, 2008 at 5:45 pm

  6. hey why am I in moderation??


    December 16, 2008 at 12:13 am

  7. sorry, I can’t say medicare is so great…

    and medicare drug coverage is a major joke…luckily I no longer have to take drugs but the first two years I had to pay about 4,000 bucks out of pocket a year…(the euphemistically named donut hole at fault)

    and medicare covers nothing I want covered either…and lots of docs won’t take it either…I end up paying out of pocket for most of my docs as well…if you’re well educated and know what you want I can assure you medicare won’t cover it.


    December 16, 2008 at 12:12 am

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