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Old 05-13-2008, 10:45 AM
 
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Would those of you that are retired and drawing Medicare post your experiences getting doctors and hospitals that accept Medicare patients.

There have been a lot of articles in business publications lately discussing how many doctors are no longer willing to take on Medicare patients because of the payment cutting for such patients by Medicare.

With all of the retirees in the Phoenix area, I would like to know how and if your lives have been impacted by these cuts. I just read an old post on Medicare on another thread in which the woman stated that Mayo was no longer taking patients that had Medicare Access insurance.

My mother was in Mayo several years ago when she was dying from cancer, and I thought the hospital was superb in the way the staff treated my mother. So, I am disappointed that Mayo may not be taking Medicare patients now.

altus2006
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Old 02-24-2010, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Angelus Oaks, California
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Default Ssi & ssdi

I am not a senior, but I am on disability (which is SSI & SSDI). I live in California, but am thinking of relocating to Arizona. Will I lose my benefits or be unable to find a doctor who will accept my insurance?

Thanks in advance for your replies.
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Old 02-24-2010, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Gilbert - Val Vista Lakes
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Most doctors and hospitals accept the Medicare "assignment".

Mayo Clinic does not accept assignment. They will bill Medicare and your supplement, and you will pay the difference.

When you contact a doctor or hospital, just ask if they accept Medicare "Assignment". That is the best way to find out.
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Old 02-25-2010, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Gilbert - Val Vista Lakes
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I am not a senior, but I am on disability (which is SSI & SSDI). I live in California, but am thinking of relocating to Arizona. Will I lose my benefits or be unable to find a doctor who will accept my insurance?

Thanks in advance for your replies.
I suspect that since this is a Federal program that it doesn't matter where you live. However, here is a link to the Social Security department and you can contact them to find out for sure.

Benefits for People with Disabilities
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Old 02-25-2010, 07:52 AM
 
Location: South Tempe, AZ
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Not sure how an almost two year old thread suddenly came up again, but the advice is still good.
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:05 AM
 
Location: East valley
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Its the doctors choice. I just found the most wonderful PCP in Chandler, after two very not so nice that I fired. When I asked him if he takes Medicare, he said NO. So now I have to find another doc who does, as I will probably be Medicare sometime this year. My mistake, not asking him earlier...
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