Medicare…I am Afraid
Here’s why our health care doesn’t work…
A Medicare Summary Notice (that is not a bill) arrived for services provided for my MIL while in the nursing home the end of last year. The service
was a pedicure. It goes down like this….
Amount Charged $51.00
Medicare Approved $38.40
Medicare Paid $19.20
Amount May Owe $16.32
Now I don’t know about you, but when I can afford a pedicure at my local salon, the works sets me back $38.00 plus tip. I have the benefit of the luscious massage chair, my favorite beverage provided to me, all the trashy magazines I can read in an hour, the color of my choice for my pink little toes, a leg massage with wonderful exfoliating scrub, hot wax treatment and fantastic alone time with myself. For a sum of $30.00, I can get less frills but still have pretty little toes.
Why not have the local salons do this work for half the price? My feeling is they would jump at the chance to provide pedicures for the elderly for $20 bucks a shot. Just tote their supplies to the nursing homes and voila…capitalism at its best.