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Honored Contributor
Posts: 10,989
Registered: ‎03-27-2010

Re: Stupid New Insurance Wellness BS

I would not subject myself to a "wellness" visit or any unnecessary exam.   If I'm in need of an MD, I'll call.

Honored Contributor
Posts: 13,584
Registered: ‎01-02-2011

Re: Stupid New Insurance Wellness BS

I just say no to a home visit and the wellness exam.  It's never been a problem.

Esteemed Contributor
Posts: 5,677
Registered: ‎03-10-2010

Re: Stupid New Insurance Wellness BS

I have regular Medicare with a supplement.  Have never experienced any of the stuff being described in this thread. 

But I do have to shell out more $$ for insurance than I would on an Advantage plan.  Maybe that's the difference??

Honored Contributor
Posts: 14,671
Registered: ‎05-01-2010

Re: Stupid New Insurance Wellness BS

We've had a Medicare Advantage plan for ten years. Never had a problem. Our Doctor sees us three or so times a year and makes sure all our prescriptions cover those times. The plan for years wants to come to the house for whatever. I just ignore their phone calls and they gave up. Prescriptions are from Shop Rite pharmacy which is easy and quick for us. They pay all our Doctor visits and meds with no problems. 

Trusted Contributor
Posts: 1,232
Registered: ‎05-31-2022

Re: Stupid New Insurance Wellness BS

I have a vary rare health issue that requires I see a specialist regularly. Regular Medicare is not accepted by the only two drs in my area who even know about my condition....I am okay and things are being managed well by them...but they get almost nothing in reimbursement from Medicare, so I must have more coverage than plain Medicare. The advantage plan has allowed me to see whoever necessary to deal with this stupid condition. DH is recovering from a very rare cancer and he also had to see a specific oncologist. Only downside is Medicare and the insurance company say " you first" when it is time to pay. Medicare usually pays first then the insurance company most or all of the rest. 

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Posts: 1,232
Registered: ‎05-31-2022

Re: Stupid New Insurance Wellness BS

We had a great pharmacist who would always call the dr and swear at the person at the desk...you could hear the authorization form coming out of the fax machine before he hung up. He retired, dang it! 

Trusted Contributor
Posts: 1,717
Registered: ‎05-30-2012

Re: Stupid New Insurance Wellness BS


@CrazyKittyLvr2 wrote:

@pieman  I still have Metoprolol (sp) and Lisinapril I'm taking.  Am out of fluid pill a whopping 12.5 mg.  I told them I was out.  Oh well.

 

My Dr. olf 40 years retired and the bird they got in there is terrible. He had a really good PA I saw but he left a couple months ago.

 

I guess I have to find a new Dr. but that doesn't solve the PITA insurance wellness *rap.


Your pharmacy should be able to issue you an emergency supply......

Respected Contributor
Posts: 2,313
Registered: ‎03-15-2021

Re: Stupid New Insurance Wellness BS

I do not answer the phone for numbers I don't recognize. United Health Care nurse division left a message for me to call to get all my benefits. After four messages I answered the fifth time and the caller began her sales pitch. I listened a couple of minutes and then stopped her.

 

I calmly explained that we (at that time) are in the middle of a pandemic. There was no way that I would allow a random nurse to come into my home. I further requested that they stop calling. The calls stopped until this summer when my husband had health concerns. I did not answer and never returned calls. They have finally stopped.

 

 My comment to them was if we want help we will call and request it.

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Posts: 4,691
Registered: ‎05-11-2013

Re: Stupid New Insurance Wellness BS

@sann  I called CVS.  Was on the phone for 12 minutes never got a human.

 

I got music, Covid booster info, flu shot info blah blah. No one at thr pharmacy answered.

 

This is not rocker science.  Getting 7 lousy pills to tide me over should not be difficult. 

 

 

Super Contributor
Posts: 420
Registered: ‎06-02-2010

Re: Stupid New Insurance Wellness BS

We are required by our health ins to have a yearly "wellness" exam by our primary care doc.  If we don't the preimum will almost double.  So, before you decide not to go yearly please see if this is in the small print of your policy.