Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 2, 1973 · Page 23
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 23

Tucson, Arizona
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Friday, February 2, 1973
Page 23
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1973 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N PAGE 23 Don 9 t expect Medicare to pay total bill . . MARGARET KUEHLTHAU % - ' · Citlitn Stiff Wnttr ^f- It" you are approaching 65 'Jlbelieving that Medicare will ^pay^U your health bills, you'd *fc better;re-assess the situation, ". say spokesmen for the Social £* Security Administration X- ' The average American with £f Medicare protection still pays ^'almost $20 a month for medi- ^''cal bills. JP The overall picture, accord' uig to the Social 'Security Ad- ^mimstiation, looks like this J ;~ c In fiscal 1971, medical ex- s|lt penses for a person 65 or older «.(_ averaged $861. A' And starting this year, the « s . annual deductible for the med N I .insurance part of Medi- '-£ r care is'$60 instead of $50. This means that AFTER you have paid $60 in doctor bills or other covered expenses this year, Medicare will pay about 80 per cent of the "reasonable" charges for such services for the rest of the year "Reasonable charges" -that's the way it's expressed in a small brochure available at the Social Security office. The title of the brochure is "Highlights of 1972 Medicare Changes" Persons approaching the age of 62 or 65 are mged to pick up literature on Medicare at the local Social Secunty office, 3434 E Bioad- way. In ]971, the $861 average yearly medical expenses for a person age 65 or older was six times as much'as the medical expenses of the tihder-19 group whose! total expenses totalled $140. . -·".'.·'.''- Before 1966 'Medicare legislation, older people paid for about half of their medical"ex- peuses. Last/year, benefits from federal -programs and pnv ite insurers-had cut their out-of-pocket share ,to about one-fourth. Yet because of rising medical costs,-the dollar total,was nearly the same -- $234 in 1966 and $225 last year. In Pima' County in 1970, Medicare paid $8 million for 34,490 people. For supplemental medical care, a total of 33,637 residents -of the county each paid the federal gova-nment $5.80 a month and received additional benefits to the tune of $4.5 million. Yet Tucson /hospitals'-^Iften' are left holding the bag when Medicare patients are discharged and balances on their unpaid bills are left for the hospital to absorb. As an example, Tucson Medical Center since 1966 has .had to write off $4.2 million in unpaid bills owed by Medicare patients. Last year, the total left unpaid by Medicare patients at TMC exceeded $1 million; Obviously, to meet the deficit, these unpaid bills; must be absorbed, by paying patients arid TMC's administrator has been heard to say he "does not approve of this Robin ·Hood type policy which hospi- talsihave been forced to adopt" because of the federal government's rules and regu-, lations on Medicare. Based on these figures, the Health Insurance Institute, a national organization, points out that older people had better consider the possibility of obtaining, supplemental health insurance to fill the gaps left by Medicare and to cover services Medicare doesn't cover at all. Outside a hospital, Medicare doesn't pay for prescription drugs, 'breathing equipment for respiratory problems or for things like colostomy ap- paratus. Also, Medicare's coverage for nursing homes is limited. So, as you approch retirement age^ start shopping around for some additional health insurance, says the Institute, and keep these things in mind: --Think about benefits that cover drugs, nursing homes and catastrophic illnesses when your Medicare benefits run out. Avoid duplication of benefits. --Understand and beware of such common selling phrases as "benefits up to," "tax-free benefits" and . "pre-existing conditions." Chances are, the institute" says, the patient will never get the maximum amount promised in a health insurance advertisement unless one undergoes extremely serious operations or sicknesses. Know how long the waiting period will be -- after you acquire a policy -- before you can avail yourself of its benefits. Check with your family insurance agent and ask him if he can offer something.'better. But most important of all, read the fine print in the policy before you sign. And, if you're still in doubt, check ·with your family /lawyer. Let him explain to you just exactly what you are baying. TttiET TMWMES "8? 20ft CHfTUIV TOUT VU.VE Classes''].-" Combes offered at Tucson Tonight, Tomorrow -- Citizen Photo Checked out · Mrs^Gene Beach, left, checks out'Mw. Steve Strong : on the register at The West gift shop, 4215 N. Gamp; bM Ave. Mrs. Strong is one of twenty-one T*6men · initiated into the Brewster Home for Unwed Mothers 'Auxiliary last week. The new volunteers will spend at'least four hours a week working at the gift shop that supports the home. Store hours are 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. . College courses, with- classes to meet in St. Mary's' Hospital, will begin Monday in humanities, anthropology, sociology and conversational Spanish!. .' : With the exception of Spanish, all courses will be given college credit through Pima College. The courses are open · to the public as well as to em- ployes of St. Mary's Hospital. , More information may be obtained by. contacting the Department of Education, St. Mary's Hospital. , · - ' · · .; ' High school equivalency tests will be offered to the public from 6:30: to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Tucson Public School General Educational Development (G.E.D.)-Agency, 1010 E. 10th ·St. , . . . . . . . . . . . . , ; ' . , Persons .who wish to take the battery of tests must be at least 19 years old: unless they are applying for loth-grade equivalency or satisfy special requirements of the Arizona Department of Education. Rodeo-fiesta EL CON -- Annual burro race at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at the shopping center: Open -free to the public. . Drama PLAYBOX THEATRE - "Nifht Must Fall," curtain at 8:30 tonight ^and, tomorrow at 'Traildust Town. Tickets at $2.50 may toe reserved at the Park Music Shop,' 1702 E. Speedway. Blvd. Student rates are available. 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