Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Star Attacks Milton Wolf for Providing Medical Care to the Elderly

I can't help but wonder why the KC Red Star seems so focused on helping Roberts get re-elected.  Here they are seemingly attacking his opponent for taking medicare payments for his services.
U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf received $101,001 in Medicare reimbursements in 2012, a searchable database shows.
Wolf, a Republican, is challenging incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas.  
Wolf is a diagnostic radiologist, not a primary care physician. What does the Star and Roberts supports think he supposed to do with Medicare patients, refuse them service?

A 2010 study showed 40 million of those covered by Medicare are elderly, another 8 million disabled.  In 2011, Medicare was responsible for covering half the costs of in-patient stays.
The Obama administration has released the payment records for individual physicians, and several news organizations have compiled them into a database. Patient information was not revealed. 
Personal financial disclosure statements show Wolf, a radiologist, earned roughly $1.1 million over a two-year period. If accurate, that suggests about 25 percent of Wolf’s income is generated by Medicare, the federal insurance program for the elderly. 
(Note: not all of the Medicare reimbursements would likely go into Wolf’s pocket directly.)
Wolf likely also gets paid far less for those medicare services than he does for the same service performed on non-medicare patients, which means he has to charge non-medicare patients more to make up the gap.  In , and even then only covers about 48% of the costs associated with care.
Wolf, a tea party favorite, has sharply criticized the Affordable Care Act, and Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance programs for the poor. 
He’s also worried about reduced payments to doctors under Medicare.
Somehow, the Star and Roberts supporters consider his criticism of the medicare system and Obamacare hypocritical.  Not sure I see the connection.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Hey Kansas Citian, 1959 called. They said c'mon back.