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Old 01-06-2008, 10:12 AM
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Hi Folks,
I need to know if Medicare patients have trouble finding a doctor. We want to retire to either Austin or Houston. I think that Austin would be better for me because I have asthma but my husband saw something on AOL that said the Medicare patients are turned away by a lot of doctors in Austin.
What is the reality here?
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Old 01-06-2008, 11:59 AM
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Wow that is scary, I won't be on medicare at first when we move there, but in 6 years I will be. I hope someone has and answer to your ?
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Old 06-29-2009, 08:52 PM
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I recently moved my mother to Austin to be closer to me.. She was an R.N. all of my life. She is no longer able to work @ 73 yrs old and suffers from Conjestive Heart Failure. Because she no longer works she is left with only Medicare as her insurance coverage with no supplement at this time. She has been hospitalized twice in the last six months. Along with the UNCOVERED medications ($400/mo) she is paying out of pocket for all of her referrals and doctor visits because most doctors in Austin ARE NOT ACCEPTING MEDICARE PATIENTS !!!! My mother has a very painful ovarian cyst or "mass" that needs to be removed but she wont be seen by the OBGYN her doctor referred her to due to the fact that she is only covered by medicare.. Its a nightmare
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:31 AM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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this is the story many places right now. Either they are not taking medicare patients or only will take one or two new ones per month. We have a supplimentary plan so are lucky. We didn't have too much trouble here or in NM, finding doctors. I will add, we can't just go to anyone..

Good luck, it sounds like Texas has a problem as well.

lilsir, have you checked into supplimentary ins for mom? Most plans only cost a few $$ above what medicare pays and they do not have pre-existing clauses..

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