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Jim Morin

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Lie pro suction on all those in the industry screwing us over.

  2. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 2 years ago

    The total Medicare budget for 2013 is $530 billion, of which, as the cartoonist points out, $750 billion is a complete waste, so we could easily cut 141% of the Medicare budget without any reduction in the quality of medical care for the elderly.

  3. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Michael wme

    If you would remember from the campaigns last year, the $750Billion is over 10 years.

    Morin’s got it all wrong.
    Obama was going to CUT Medicare by $750Billion.
    Romney was supposed to find a way to SAVE $750Billion of Medicare funding.
    Right? RIGHT!?!?

  4. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    With that kind of waste, you would think that the government could afford a few more investigators to find and curtail the abuse.

  5. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    @ dltroutma – Lie Pro Suction. I LOVE IT!!! Can I use it too?
    @ mikefive – thank you, that is one of my constant rants. More inspectors/auditors/efficiency experts/enforcers with firm guidelines can save our nation billions, even trillions.
    If Congress and the Executive will come out of the “shade” and into the light, they might actually see some solutions.
    As I left my doctor’s office yesterday morning, I saw to pharmaceutical reps talking in the parking lot with their SUV rear doors open and boxes of samples, flyers, and devices. They both looked like spokes models in their finally tailored suits and their flawless features. Not a hair out of place, and definitely NO flab under which an elected official might take shelter.
    Waste, fraud, and lobbying adds way too much costs to or health system. If you pay a company 1 million + to persuade doctors and politicians, that’s overhead and the cost gets passed to someone…usually, the US, or simply ‘us’.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  6. Gary Kleppe

    Gary Kleppe said, over 2 years ago

    Medicare has far less waste and abuse than private insurance.

  7. sclark55

    sclark55 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Wow all those insightful buttons on his shirt. How about, Bad legislation to begin with?

  8. William Young

    William Young said, over 2 years ago

    These sorts of strips never show the super high cost of drugs and durable medical devices as budget busters,but they are much more of a problem for the budget.

  9. mythreesons

    mythreesons GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Durable medical devices should be totally overhauled. Lift chairs, walkers, etc are not so expensive that a patient could not afford to buy them, and a local charity could provide one to a truly indigent. I cost MC about $500 for prosthesis and bras after double mastectomy and they sit on the shelf not used. Why should any bra cost over $100 just because it is covered by MC? But I was a sheep, and went to be fitted, not knowing the exaggerated cost.

  10. DavidGBA

    DavidGBA said, over 2 years ago

    One mans waste is another mans scooter? Then there is the fraud!

  11. mythreesons

    mythreesons GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    AND, to continue, electric “Jazzy” chairs should be owned by the government and rented on a monthly basis, possibly covered by MC, and returned to stock when the recipient passes away. Now the family takes the MC paid chair, and sells it after the user is gone and pockets the money.

  12. zekedog55

    zekedog55 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    True…I’ve found that the folks who lament the loudest about “What Dr.s charge!” are more often than not people who couldn’t find their way to a medical school, much less open the door and survive the education offered w/in.

  13. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    All governments are kleptocracies.

  14. DavidGBA

    DavidGBA said, over 2 years ago

    Doesn’t chasing medicare waste and fraud require MORE government employees? :D

  15. Libertarian1

    Libertarian1 said, over 2 years ago

    As a physician I read with amazement the ignorance of some of the posters. Physicians are unable to cure most if not all of the conditions that they see. Think diabetes, hypertension, mental diseases, cancer etc. If you are a patient and have one of these don’t you wish a better therapy were available. Just where do you think these improvements come from? Latest numbers show it costs Big Pharma $1B to develop a major new medication. Forget government, they can fund basic science but have zero success in new medications except warfarin in the 1940s.

    And just how is the physician supposed to learn of the existence of a new improved therapy? I know don’t bother you with the facts, your mind is made up.

    Want to cut medical expenses? Very, very difficult. I have never once had a patient tell me, don’t give me the best available, it is too expensive for my insurance company. Don’t order all those tests, way to budget breaking.

    It is estimated that up to 10% of all medical expenses are due to the practice of defensive medicine. But to change the tort system would require lawyers to give up hundreds of billions of dollars.

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