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"Also, my sister, who lives in a small city in North Central Texas tells me that no physician there will take medicare. She never could explain why."

I live in the Dallas - Ft worth area. There are docs around here who accept Medicare....many do not accept new Medicare patients.

My current doc - who is part of a hundred doc organization - will not take new Medicare people. They will keep seeing 'legacy folks' who have been with them for years. The only new folks they will take is Medicare Advantage....a half dozen plans. That guarantees them over $10,000 a a year instantly even if they see you 15 minutes a year for 'care'. The plans, backed by Uncle Sam, cough up over $11,000 per patient each year regardless of how much care you get. Of course, now you have a gate keeper so it is more like a giant HMO.....

If you travel, you may have problems other than 'emergency care'.

My ear doc takes Medicare

My heart doc takes Medicare.

My current regular doc takes Medicare (legacy patient).....

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