Insanity rears its ugly head again as three men try to opt out of Medicare to save taxpayer money - and are refused! The Federal Government states they would lose their Social Security benefits if they do this. Interestingly enough, patients are allowed to opt out of other programs such as covering physician services and prescription drug coverage. These guys want to opt out of Medicare A, which covers hospitalized services, and I guess that is taboo.
"The law is clear here," said Jeff Nelligan, spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. "If an individual receives a Social Security check, that person must accept the Part A benefit."
It never ceases to amaze me when I see statements or policies like this from our government. And people want them to run the healthcare system? Bureaucracy only creates layers of insanity. One of my favorite scenes in the M*A*S*H series was when Hawkeye was trying to get an incubator for the medical unit. He tried to persuade the higher ups about the benefits. Here is how it went:
(regarding the requisition of the incubator being denied)
Hawkeye: We're not asking for a jukebox or a pizza oven.
Sloan: Oh, those I can let you have.
Henry: No kidding? Hey, those would be great on movie nights! Uh, you got any pizza requisition forms?
Sloan: Just use the standard S- 1798 and write in 'pizza' where it says 'machine gun'.