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Old 05-17-2013, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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OMG !!! Shrinking 3 inches in a matter of months. That has to be one for the books.
I am hearing more and more about docs not taking Medicare. Maybe I should just stay here (AZ)where half the population is on Medicare and docs would have no income if they didn't take it. LMAO at above post !!!

 
Old 05-17-2013, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Just see if the practice/clinic is owned by Mission in Asheville or by one of the other hospitals in the area. If it isn't, and this is true all over the country, do not assume whatever has been their business model in the past will remain their business model next year.

I know this is hard to fathom, b/c 2014 is really only a matter of months away. Hospitals and physician practices are scrambling to figure out how to deal with declining revenues, shortfalls and the anticipation of an onslaught of literally millions of additional patients.
Ani - I found another brochure for a clinic affiliated (owned????) by Mission Hosp. This info will help with the selection when I get there. Just when I thought it was safe to go in the water...
 
Old 05-17-2013, 01:11 PM
 
Location: zippidy doo dah
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OMG !!! Shrinking 3 inches in a matter of months. That has to be one for the books.
I am hearing more and more about docs not taking Medicare. Maybe I should just stay here (AZ)where half the population is on Medicare and docs would have no income if they didn't take it. LMAO at above post !!!
no no no! - you can't stay in Phoenix!! I close on a house (i shouldn't say that and jinx it) one week from today in Anderson SC ! You have to join the WNC/Upstate SC migration! I believe Umbria is heading this way as well!! But she is doing Asheville (My housing and income tax budget were better suited to SC)

living in a place called UPstate , I can only gain in stature
 
Old 05-17-2013, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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no no no! - you can't stay in Phoenix!! I close on a house (i shouldn't say that and jinx it) one week from today in Anderson SC ! You have to join the WNC/Upstate SC migration! I believe Umbria is heading this way as well!! But she is doing Asheville (My housing and income tax budget were better suited to SC)

living in a place called UPstate , I can only gain in stature
Yep - and you're not that far away so no excuses - I want to see the shrinking woman
 
Old 05-18-2013, 12:28 PM
 
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no no no! - you can't stay in Phoenix!! I close on a house (i shouldn't say that and jinx it) one week from today in Anderson SC ! You have to join the WNC/Upstate SC migration! I believe Umbria is heading this way as well!! But she is doing Asheville (My housing and income tax budget were better suited to SC)

living in a place called UPstate , I can only gain in stature
Anderson and upstate SC overall is a good place to retire that would suit me as well. Am sure you have checked it out and feel comfortable with your choice.

Lots of history, parks, free entertainment. Easy living. close to horse shows, concerts, etc. Day trips or stay around the town. Everything you need and affordable. Have lived in Greenville and most of my mother's ancestors are from Abbeville, Pickens, Oconee and Walhalla. Anderson is a bigger town not far away from those places. Growth and convenience is only going to get better between Atlanta, Greenville/Spartanburg, and Charlotte.

Good choice!

If I hadn't been raised near Asheville and had no emotional and family ties there, upstate would be the first place I would look.


Good luck and enjoy
 
Old 05-21-2013, 06:17 PM
 
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Still laughing after reading this line Are you & the troll now an "item"?
Hahaha No, that troll and I are not an "item"........
 
Old 05-21-2013, 06:22 PM
 
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Just a quick heads up -- and probably unnecessary . . . but in case any of you are doing research on physicians in an area you are considering . . . surveys are showing that about 1/2 the docs now employed in this country either will be closing or have already closed their practice to accepting new Medicare patients (and often, Medicaid patients, as well).

This is not conjecture. This is occurring now. Docs who are employed by hospitals will, overall, still be accepting Medicare patients, assuming that the hospital has to do so in order to keep their Medicare licensure. So while you are inquiring, find out if the practice is owned by the hospital. If it isn't, be aware that at some point in 2014, most likely 1 Jan 2014, many private practices will no longer be taking new Medicare patients -- and some will not be accepting Medicare patients at all.

Several of the physician practices I have had reason to work with professionally have already done this.
Thanks for the heads up and info on this. I will add this to my "worry" list. I think my decision about where to retire may hinge on the availability of docs taking new medicare patients.....I have other criteria, but that one is rising to the top of the list! Thanks again!
 
Old 05-23-2013, 05:33 AM
 
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I recently went to a financial seminar on retirement. The speaker said to find a young doctor that accepts Medicare patients. That way if in the future they stop accepting new patients, you are already in their practice.
 
Old 05-23-2013, 06:53 AM
 
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good idea--it's not what you know, it's WHO you know!
 
Old 05-23-2013, 03:19 PM
 
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I was recently told in a support group that some Drs will accept Medicare patients if they will pay the difference between what Medicare will cover and what the Dr's normal charges are......just a thought, but not one I'm too happy with, lol! I still have over 2 years to go before I reach the correct age for Medicare. I wonder what will be happening by then, plus I plan to move once again in the coming year, so don't feel that I can "lock in" my Dr yet.

Wherever I move, I know I will run out of money if I live to be the usual age in my 80's.... but all I can do is plan as I'm able, and be thrifty. I can't work, but do try to sell a little here and there (handmade jewelry, collages). I am often overwhelmed when trying to understand the new technology and also can't really afford any new gadgets, like an Iphone for a card reader, for instance. I have a little tracphone just for emergencies, otherwise I have a landline connection thru Ooma which only costs me about $4 a month. I get so discouraged.

I've been hoping to find another, cheaper place to move and put the money realized from the sale of my house into savings. But the pickings are slim in the price range I'm considering, so I'm afraid to sell my house first then only have a month to find a place to move into. I can't really spare the money to rent for a while or move twice, not to mention the strain on my health. so.....I stay here for a while longer, I guess.
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