We Love Taking Care of Senior Citizens!
Courtesy Avere Healthcare Clinic, Denton County LIVING WELL Magazine
Statistics show that most Medicare recipients don’t understand what Medicare is all about. This leads to frustration, which causes seniors to likely defer preventative care and skip necessary doctor’s visits. The average senior doesn’t know when a colonoscopy is needed, and certainly isn’t particularly eager to find out!
What’s that red, white and blue Medicare card in your wallet all about? The basic Medicare package is split into three parts: Part A, covers hospital care only. Part B, covers medical health care, including services like doctor visits, x-ray and lab work. Some of these services have no deductible, while others do. Part D covers prescription drugs. It typically has a monthly premium as well as a co-pay for prescribed medications. Sounds simple, but remains confusing.
In 1965, the Social Security Act established both Medicare and Medicaid. The Social Security Administration was responsible for Medicare, while Federal assistance to the state Medicaid programs was administered by the Social and Rehabilitation Service. President Johnson signed the Medicare and Medicaid Bill in the presence of former President Truman, who received the first Medicare card at the ceremony. President Johnson remarked: “We marvel not simply at the passage of this Bill but that it took so many years to pass it.”
How did we get from that to where we are today? With recent changes to the healthcare system, many physician offices have discontinued accepting Medicare in their office. These days you can’t turn the television on without hearing negative remarks about the economy. It’s no surprise that Americans across all generational lines flat out reject the idea of cut-backs to the Social Security and Medicare programs they’ve paid into their entire lives to reduce the deficit. It leaves many to wonder, “Who will take care of senior citizens?”
At Avere Healthcare Clinic, we’re pleased to welcome patients with Medicare and strive to provide the quality of care our senior citizens deserve. Who will take care of our senior citizens? We will, and consider it an honor to do so.
Avere Healthcare is located in Denton, Texas. You can reach us at 940-387-7300.