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Re: [IP] Re: Medicare and pump rental



 Stacey, thank you for explanation re: 20% of what Medicare pays being the
co-pay. So actually the co-pay is not an added amount to what Medicare pays?

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Phyllis 

> On Dec 19, 2013, at 3:40 AM, Stacey Martin <email @ redacted> wrote:
> 
> 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
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> 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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