The Senate bill cutting funds to home health agencies is a disaster, and they can't begin to presume what the "inefficiencies" are. I was the medical power of attorney for my elderly parents before my dad died and my mom finally went into a nursing home. They both wanted to remain in their own home as long as possible, where it is cheaper to provide care I might add. How is cutting funds for home health agencies going to hold down healthcare costs?? There were numerous other problems with Medicare that were related to TOO LITTLE money, not TOO MUCH money, like rules that make elderly patients be discharged from hospitals after 3 days unless they are getting "tests". When elderly patients are recovering from serious infections, they are often still too sick to be discharged home and too weak to be discharged to nursing homes (where they may get MORE infections) and yet doctors' hands are tied because the hospital won't get paid if the Medicare rules aren't followed. The doctor and I would try to figure out some additional test to subject my parent to buy another day or two in the hospital before discharge was required. This is the problem with the government getting TOO involved in trying to micromanage healthcare instead of simply requiring health insurances to be non-profits, extending anti-trust laws to their business, keeping health insurance a choice instead of a mandate to provide them incentive to providing good inexpensive care, and paying doctors and nurses better than insurance executives and congressmen.
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