You may want to skip this 'rant' if you aren't of a certain age, but I'm getting a little weary of being told, "We don't take Medicare patients", when looking for help on a potentially serious problem. To explain the situation, I will be revealing personal information, but I choose to be up front with my condition.
I was diagnosed many years ago with recurrent severe depression and take medication that has to be prescribed by a psychiatrist. Sometimes, the medication that works well for awhile, becomes ineffective and a different one will be needed. That has happened once already for me, but now this second med seems to not be doing its job, either. The psychiatrist I was going to dropped me as a patient 3 years ago when I turned 65, but I haven't needed one until now. My husband called over 25 shrinks today and was always told they didn't take Medicare, plus they didn't have any suggestions as to who would. Finally, he was successful after finding a place that essentially is a Mental Health/Mental Retardation agency for senior citizens. Folks, what good is being on Medicare if doctors aren't going to treat people using it? Fortunately, I had been a patient of my Primary Care Physician for eons before I was 65, and he has continued to see me. But there are many who are not as lucky. I went through the same ordeal several years ago when trying to find a therapist that took clients on Medicare. Frankly, the health care system in this country is really depressing.