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Unsatisfactory Outcome for Project Intended to Curtail Medicare Expenses

Unsatisfactory Outcome for Project Intended to Curtail Medicare Expenses

Unsatisfactory outcomes were yielded from a recent government study, which was intended to curtail Medicare expenses. This article explains the reasons behind this, along with the other related facts.

A grand endeavor to curtail expenses for older and ailing Medicare patients and to hold them off from the hospitals, has gradually failed. This is as per the report of a government sponsored study brought out this February, 2009.

The unsatisfactory results proves the difficulty in handling aged patients who are affected with chronic illness, have a tendency towards following numerous prescriptions and taking their respective directed medications, consult with many physicians and at times availing contradictory medical guidance.

The study also proved the problems encountered in altering the practices of aged Medicare patients and often their rigid-minded physicians. These things pose a severe threat for the administration of present US president Barack Obama, in modifying the country's healthcare condition.

A majority of these Medicare patients possess severe, but familiar, age-linked health disorders. Some of these are heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, lung ailments etc. Programs have been launched at fifteen major hubs nationwide. Out of these only two, limit the amount of instances in which these patients have been admitted to the hospital.

It must be mentioned that out of these, none of the cases helped Medicare to set aside any cash. The researchers of the study remark the results as sobering. This word has been used to describe the study outcomes and was published in the editorial column of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Randall Brown, one of the authors of the study and a researcher at Mathematica Policy Research Inc., in Princeton, N.J. (the company appointed to assess the programs), has remarked that it will then only be possible to curtail Medicare expenses, if the patients and their doctors change their conduct. It is needless to say that such a change is difficult to achieve.

Time and again these aged patients are required to quit smoking, shred off excess body weight, practice regular workouts, consume nourishing food and so on. Brown remarked that in reality, a normal healthy person finds hard to follow such recommendations. So, generally the aged Medicare patients will find it difficult to get rid of their habits and will refrain from adopting such healthy practices.

Brown also applied the same comments for the doctors of these aged patients. As per him, many of the doctors are quite confident of treating their patients much successfully. That is why they hardly find it necessary to communicate with the nurses about the proper usage and timely consumption of the medicines by their patients. Such a reluctant attitude needs to be withdrawn immediately.

The study reported many Medicare patients of having multiple chronic illness. The authors of the study mentioned that in 2002, nearly 50% of the Medicare patients underwent treatment for their multiple health disorders and they were held responsible for about 75% of the Medicare expenditure.

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