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Re: [IP] Re: Medicare and pump rental



 Of course that 20% is 20% of the Medicare approved amount, not the amount the
supplier or doctor charges. There's usually a considerable difference between
the two.

Stacey M

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> On Dec 18, 2013, at 13:01, Pam Brown <email @ redacted> wrote:
> 
> 
> However I believe Sue was referring to the 20% Medicare coinsurance that
> individuals have to pay for most medical services including pumps, sets,
> insulin, etc. The point is that if the individual is not paying that 20%
> themselves directly or by purchasing a supplemental policy or through an
 > employer/retiree secondary policy, then the rest of us are somehow paying
that
> person's coinsurance. That could be as taxpayers contributing to federal or
> state assistance programs like Medicaid or one of the Medicare assistance
> programs like QMB. It could also be that the providers/suppliers are writing
> off the balance for some people, meaning the rest of us pay higher prices to
 > make up for it. So in those instances we are all paying for someone else's
20%
> share.
.
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