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Jim Morin

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

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

  2. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    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!?!?

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 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.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 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’.

  5. sclark55

    sclark55 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

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

  6. William Young

    William Young said, almost 4 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.

  7. mythreesons

    mythreesons GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 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.

  8. DavidGBA

    DavidGBA said, almost 4 years ago

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

  9. mythreesons

    mythreesons GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 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.

  10. zekedog55

    zekedog55 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 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.

  11. DavidGBA

    DavidGBA said, almost 4 years ago

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

  12. Libertarian1

    Libertarian1 said, almost 4 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.

  13. Libertarian1

    Libertarian1 said, almost 4 years ago

    Gary, with due respect what you write is by someone not all all familiar with the facts of research. I worked for Big Pharma for 16 years. I developed new medications but would have zero interest or ability to do basic research. conversely, the brilliant basic scientists had no interest in developing new medications and would have been complete and total failures. Different mind sets.

    Same as saying baseball players earn more than football players so fire all the baseball players from MLB and replace them with football players. Two totally different skills and interest levels between basic research and applied science.

    Your explanation is somewhat paranoid. We had to be efficient, government is paid not to be efficient. There are no middlemen, just different skills.

    Your second paragraph is challenging. Check the facts in Europe. They too are going bankrupt. We have far higher life expectancies after a cancer diagnosis or heart disease diagnosis. Our problem is life style, violence, diet and automobiles. Medicine is irrevocably changing here. Fewer primary care physicians and more nurse practitioners and physician aids. Cheaper.

    To compare what you are asking for think the post office. A public service. Costs going up and efficiency going down. Private enterprise can always do it better. That is doesn’t just requires more competiton, not less.

  14. M Ster

    M Ster said, almost 4 years ago


    I agree with most of what you said, but you lost me at the end. Not all gov’t services are delivered inefficiently, although many are. Private enterprise is not alway more cost-effective.
    According to Forbes, the CEO of United Healthcare (the health insurance giant) was the 8th-highest paid chief executive in the US in 2012, earned $169 million over the last 5 years and owns $156 million in stock.

  15. Ketira shena Pretarasedrin

    Ketira shena Pretarasedrin said, almost 4 years ago

    I agree with you. The doctor who is treating my mother’s cancer has a separate secretary just for arguing with the insurance companies just so they will pay (even if partially) for such treatments.
    Now, she has to pay more so that all of the cost is covered by the insurance company.

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