Medicare Advantage Money Grab

Published — June 5, 2014

Audio: Reporter Fred Schulte discusses Medicare Advantage investigation


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I really appreciate your professional approach. These are pieces of very useful information that will be of great use for me in future.

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Thomas Jameson

It’s good to know that private Medicare health plans have caused an increase in the number of doctors performing house calls. My parents are getting old, and they can’t get out of the house very well to go see a doctor whenever something happens to them. I’ll pass this information along to them so that they can look into their options for Medicare plans that include house calls.

Charles Dietrich
Charles Dietrich

I was shocked to see how much ($325) my Aetna plan paid for my “house call.” The doctor was at my home, I’d say, for 10 minutes, and couldn’t get out fast enough. The only “exam” that I recall was a blood pressure test with a little wrist band. The bp he got was much higher than my normal pressure, but he didn’t seem to be all that interested. I don’t recall that he did anything else like listening to my heart and lungs, although I’m not positive about that. He was mostly trying to get information like a list… Read more »

K Carson
K Carson

This is information that the American public needs to be far more aware of, rather than the daily drama distractions of Washington politics that have no direct effect on most people’s lives. Knowing how medical coverage/billing operates for Medicare provides a much-needed perspective on something that many take for granted — including their assumption that health insurance is a good thing. Tallying the horror stories from all sides of healthcare (patients, medical staff, government payouts to insurance, etc.), only highlights how much better off we all would be WITHOUT insurance interference. The government’s inability to regulate overpayments that they are… Read more »