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ChatChat - Claudia Cragg

Aug 8, 2016

KGNU's Claudia Cragg speaks here with Andy Lazris, MD ( ). He is the author of 'Curing Medicare' () and is a practicing primary care physician who experiences the effects of Medicare policy on a daily basis.

As a result, he believes that the way we care for our elderly has taken a wrong turn and that Medicare is complicit in creating the very problems it seeks to solve.

Aging is not a disease to be cured; it is a life stage to be lived. Lazris argues that aggressive treatments cannot change that fact but only get in the way and decrease quality of life.

Unfortunately, Medicare’s payment structure and rules deprive the elderly of the chance to pursue less aggressive care, which often yields the most humane and effective results.

Medicare encourages and will pay more readily for hospitalization than for palliative and home care. It encourages and pays for high-tech assaults on disease rather than for the primary care that can make a real difference in the lives of the elderly.