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Gene Ames, Jr. (@gamesjr)

Glucose Level of diabetics?

Diabetes & Endocrine System | Last Active: May 13, 2019 | Replies (31)

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@sjzreb, @daviddd I read your posts concerning Medicare, and I wonder if it's the company or the doctor. I write this because I had an incident that causes me to think it's the doctors. I also have Medicare with a supplement. We have never had any problem with Medicare, but once when I needed to see an orthopedic surgeon. We usually check the web site to see what insurance a doctor accepts or call and ask, if it's not listed. Because the appointment with this surgeon was made by my PCP with that recommendation, I didn't check. I got to the appointment, gave them my insurance cards, and went back to the examining room. The nurse came in and I told her what was going on. I waited and doc never came in. Eventually, I went out to the first nurse I saw and asked how much longer. She told me he would not be in because HE did not accept Medicare. She said one of the doctors in the group did accept Medicare, and I could make an appointment with him. I was shocked! I cannot repeat what I told her to tell the surgeon, but I left and never went back. I looked him up on the web when I got home and sure enough it said he did not accept Medicare. So, maybe it's not the insurance but the doctor. I also see an endocrinologist and my A1C is below 6.0 and Medicare pays. Has anybody else had the problem with Medicare not paying?
Carol

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Carol, I was told by my endocrinologist not to come back and she sent a letter to my primary doctor to refill my prescriptions. I was told it was because my AIC is below 7. She did not mention Medicare. My primary said the problem was probably with Medicare. My primary is now a pediatrics doctor and doesn't respond to my complaints anymore because he thinks everything is related to the diabetes and he knows I manage my own diet and exercise. I don't think he will dump me as a patient but I am worried about getting adequate care when I need it. When he did the follow up on my BP, Medicare did not pay, and my bill was huge. I paid it. It is next to impossible to get another doctor in my area if you are on Medicare. My daughter went without family care for two years until they finally found a new doctor in the area to take them as a family. She even had the help of a surgeon friend and his suggestions didn't pan out. They used new urgent care businesses for care for two years. This week I received a notice that Medicare did not pay my nursing home bill from three years ago and I needed to follow up on that or appeal the claim. I am really worried and have established a savings fund in case I have a big problem with bills in the future. I don't think it looks good financially for our future. Dorisena

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