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Old Yesterday, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Looking for opinions Iím divided on the issue.
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Old Yesterday, 03:17 PM
 
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I'd say yes. Those are accrued benefits and should be independent of where the person is living.

Same goes for their SS check, private or public pension check and so forth.....assuming they are still satisfying any tax obligations to the US.
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Old Yesterday, 03:22 PM
 
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Sure, so long as they come back to the US for treatment.
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Old Yesterday, 03:53 PM
 
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If they continue to pay for Part B, yes they should be allowed to visit the US for Medicare treatment.

No, foreign doctors/hospitals should not be forced to accept Medicare.

If someone living abroad chooses not to have Part B during that time, I think the penalty if they return to the US should be waived (provided they sign up within the enrollment window once returning) since it doesn't make sense to carry coverage you can't use where you live (especially if they lived somewhere with universal health care they paid taxes for while a resident of that country).
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Old Yesterday, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Looking for opinions Iím divided on the issue.
Absolutely. Itís an earned benefit. Itís probably even less expensive than providing the care in the US. GOVT merely wants to control people by forcing them to remain in the US.
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Old Yesterday, 06:07 PM
 
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As far as I know, in Panama it does not but you can use BcBS etc. - the countries never put up with the nonsense of the rules. No
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Old Yesterday, 06:09 PM
 
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If they continue to pay for Part B, yes they should be allowed to visit the US for Medicare treatment.

No, foreign doctors/hospitals should not be forced to accept Medicare.

If someone living abroad chooses not to have Part B during that time, I think the penalty if they return to the US should be waived (provided they sign up within the enrollment window once returning) since it doesn't make sense to carry coverage you can't use where you live (especially if they lived somewhere with universal health care they paid taxes for while a resident of that country).
Now that I agree with - I am working but eligible - I will have to pay a penalty when I stop using the work insurance -nasty rules
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Old Yesterday, 06:20 PM
 
Location: SGV
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Medicare shouldn't exist so no.
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Old Yesterday, 06:33 PM
 
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Sure, why not? I think that Medicare is based on what you've paid into the system while working, isn't it? If you've paid in, why should it matter where you live?
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Old Yesterday, 06:53 PM
 
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Sure, why not? I think that Medicare is based on what you've paid into the system while working, isn't it? If you've paid in, why should it matter where you live?
Why then do we have to pay in ? I opted out - still working
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