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I was talking about the rates that medicare pays providers not the rates paid in.

I had cataract surgery when I was in my early 50s and while it was paid by regular health insurance, I was told for that (and many other procedures), medicare reimbursement rates drove the prices paid providers that were set for all insurance.

Since hitting Medicare a few months ago, the biggest difference for me was the lack of insane($10K) deductible. But I do regular screenings, immunizations and an very occasional visit to a minute clinic at Walgreens for a long lasting cold/sinus infection. I have no drug plan because I take one drug that costs about $120/ year and the income adjustment made drug plans a ridiculous price.

I will say the deductible did keep me from accessing much health care in the past 8 years. I had insurance but I didn't consider it affordable. Even though I am healthy, apparently my supplemental insurance will increase on every birthday.

Be careful what you wish for.
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