More and more people are using oxygen therapy outside the hospital, allowing them to lead active lives. In fact, more than one million people rely on Medicare to pay for their home-oxygen therapy.
But now some patients are having problems switching their oxygen suppliers because of new complex changes the insurer uses to pay for such services which is causing more personal injury and even wrongful death to patients who rely on the oxygen in order to live.
The changes, aimed at trimming costs for Medicare, have created problems for some patients who want to find a new source for their oxygen, perhaps because they want to move closer to family members. The new rules only hold Medicare liable to cover the medical bills for three years and after that time is up the patient and supplier will pay for their treatments.
As a result some suppliers are not accepting new patients who are approaching. That’s because the companies would have to provide oxygen services for the next two years without getting much payment back.
To make up for lost Medicare revenue, some suppliers have told patients they will begin charging them high medical bills for services they once provided for no additional fee, such as in-home visits from a respiratory therapist.
If an elderly patient cannot afford the new costs of services that were previously free this could result in a severe personal injury or even wrongful death. An oxygen therapy machine is necessary for keeping a patients breathing steady and in rhythm and if the patient does not get the proper therapy it could result in personal injury that would lead to even higher medical bills.
Our San Diego personal injury lawyers believe that the high cost of medical bills has forced Americans to rethink how they get treated for personal injury or common sicknesses.
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