Stop Competitive Bidding

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Kelly Lynn
9 years ago
Thank You I will now be out of a job & the company's that won your so called BID will never be able to keep up with the demand & the worst part is the Patient will suffer... Shame on you!!!!

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Fred Pavey
9 years ago
It will lead to non-personalized service which will reduce personal care provided by current suppliers and potentially increase physician and hospital treatment.

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Chris Pattison
9 years ago
Because of competitive bidding I have actually seen an influx of companies interested in becoming one of my distributors. However, I am morally against competitive bidding in any form and have seen cut backs in the first aid industry because of it. It is not the governments place to tell consumers where to purchase their products. It is the governments place to make sure that every person has the right to open any type of business that they want to, collect their taxes and get out of the way!

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Suzanne Spinelli
9 years ago
Because, as an economics major, I know and understand the idea of monopoly and this is indeed what the administration will be providing for us, a monopoly based on reducing costs. Which is, in my never humble opinion. WRONG. We need to have the freedom to choose the providers we want. The government can't even get aid to the people that need it in times of duress (i.e. Katrina, Sandy, and other events), how can we expect the governmental behemoth to provide for our beloved elderly and disabled?

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Michelle Perkins
9 years ago
I believe every patient deserves the best care available to them and this does not always mean a bigger company.

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Ellen Stone
9 years ago
My husband is on Medicare.

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Jill Kuslits
9 years ago
I work in the senior housing industry and have an elderly parent. I am also not far away from being a medicare recipient myself.

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Susan Chandler
9 years ago
As a paraplegic (paralyzed for life) it is important to get the equipment I need that is fitted to me and locally provided. I don't want a cheap wheelchair that won't perform well.

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renee loftspring
9 years ago
Medicare is asking providers of home medical equipment and services to bid low in order to qualify as one of a reduced number of providers allowed furnish this equipment and service under Medicare. In this program, Medicare is focusing on reducing the number of care providers rather than improving care that is provided. You will be required to obtain your home medical equipment and supplies from a company that the government will select. Your right to choose will be very limited.

What this could mean for you?

1. It may be more difficult to access high quality providers.

2. Companies that value excellent patient services and providing high quality equipment may no longer be able to provide this level of care.

While Medicare expects to save money by cutting reimbursement rates to these providers, the reality is that fewer Medicare beneficiaries will be able to receive the type of services and equipment they need to remain safe and independent at home. As a result, we will see more emergency room visits, hospitalizations, nursing home admissions, and dangerous health outcomes. And in the long run, this will cost taxpayers more money and cause needless suffering for millions of older Americans and people with disabilities. In fact, a February 6 editorial in The Wall Street Journal, described this “competitive bidding” program as “idiotic and designed for failure.”

Your health and your family’s health is not a commodity that should be auctioned off to the lowest possible bidder. In the initial nine areas of the country where this bidding program has taken effect, Medicare data from 2011 shows a drastic drop off in utilization of medically required equipment and services such as oxygen, CPAP, hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, and other cost-effective items that allow people to continue living a health life at home.

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Jane Holt
9 years ago
I am Health care provider and consumer. I can not find a local GYN who takes medicare to do my GYN surgery. it is hard to find honest prices for care and services and equipment Jane holt