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June 1969

The Elderly Comment on Medicare

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(6):806. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020808002

THE Geriatric Times, edited by a physician, Dr. Henry A. Cromwell, is a well-written, authoritative layman-oriented monthly journal to bring to the elderly medical information of particular interest to this age group. The October1 issue surveys the views of the 20 million Americans over 65 directly affected by Medicare. As might be expected, the majority complained that Medicare did not go far enough in paying for all medical expenses. The $40.00 deductible charge for hospitalization under Part A and the $50.00 deductible charge for doctor's services under Part B were cited as being too high for fixed and limited budgets. One man complained that professional audiological services for selection of hearing aids are not covered, nor is the cost of the hearing aid. A major complaint is that Medicare does not cover the cost of drugs; for example, the insulin that a diabetic must administer to himself to survive.

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