Medicare: Some are More Equal than Others

This is from a New York Times piece:

CyberKnife treatments take five days instead of the eight weeks for conventional prostate cancer radiation…

As it turns out, Medicare pays for the treatments in 33 states – but not in 17 others…

At an average Medicare cost of $29,000, CyberKnife prostate treatment is not cheap. But it can be less expensive than some other radiation methods, which may cost as much as $50,000.

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  1. Bruce says:

    Interesting about Medicare. Someone needs to publish the different benefits people get, depending on where they live.

  2. Ken says:

    Right, Bruce. We need to know where we should be retiring.

  3. Agustina says:

    I don’t think medicare makes sense. It ptmrooes an escalating cost for medical care for people who have already lived and might want to start planning on dying. All the experimentation and progress in health care avoids providing actual care because of the costs related to demand. It costs $1500. a night at Dartmouth Hitchcock, so they devise treatments that reflect that extravagance. I think it cost $300. to have my first child, and $3,000 to have the youngest. His father refused to pay the bill so the government had to pay.You have really got yourself into a fix, and I can’t do anything about it.