My late mother had trigeminal neuralgia a number of years ago. She was in desperate need of surgery. We found a surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in AZ. Thru some weird paperwork snafu that our convoluted and obscenely expensive system engenders, it was not noticed until surgery was eminent that she had United Health Care instead of Medicare. The Mayo Clinic didn’t accept advantage plans! That’s when I knew such plans weren’t good for practitioner nor patient. The Mayo worked some sort of humane magic and Ma got her successful surgery. Every time I see those advantage care commercials on tv I want to scream! They are so self-serving and make Medicare seem to be the bad choice. Shame on the American for-profit system! It’s immoral and fiscally ruinous and is weakening our country.

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