Thomas Ramey Watson

Insurers need to emphasize prevention

It’s so much cheaper, not just in monetary terms, but in terms of pain and suffering, to think ahead and try to prevent the full onslaught

of disease than let it get out of hand.

This time, it’s Medicare that is acting stupidly:

Many diabetic foot amputations are preventable By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP, who writes:
“It costs $1,400 to cover the oozing sore on the diabetic’s foot with a piece of artificial skin, helping it heal if patients keep pressure

off that spot.

So when Medicare paid for the treatment but not the extra $100 for a simple walking cast to protect it, an artificial skin maker last year started giving free casts to some needy patients.”

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