“Competitive” Bidding May Hurt Seniors

Written by NAPSI

Washington, DC (NAPSI) – Many Americans are taking their health care into their own  hands in a surprising way.

They’re calling Congress at (202) 224-3121 and asking their  representatives what’s being done about Medicare’s bidding  program for durable medical equipment and services. This type of equipment,  which includes oxygen, hospital beds and wheelchairs, helps to keep seniors  and people with disabilities safe and independent at home. The current system  has alarmed patients and policy experts alike.

Durable or home medical equipment and services also help control health  care spending by preventing costly stays in emergency rooms, hospitals and  nursing homes. Hundreds of patients, however, say Medicare’s bidding  program makes it harder to get medically required equipment and limits the  choices of equipment and providers.

A recent study in The Quarterly Journal of Economics found that the system  “fails to generate competitive prices of goods and fails to satisfy  demand.”

More about this issue and home care in general is at the American  Association for Homecare site: http://action.aahomecare.org.

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