UnitedHealth says Medicare can save big without big cuts

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 19, 2013 - 3:09 PM

Coordinating payments, rewarding quality care (and self-care) and other measures could make case management more affordable.

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murdermonJan. 19, 1310:47 PM

Let United Health help save $542 billion in federal Medicare and Medicaid spending over the next decade and they will only charge you $540Billion for that service..

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buskahJan. 20, 13 2:02 AM

I laugh at those folks that think they can just raise the retirement age from 65 to 70. It's obvious that those CEOs have never done physical labor in their lives. It's one thing to sit at a desk for your whole career and entirely another to have to crawl inside of machines or lay brick for a living. Most people that do physical labor for a living are ready to retire well before 65. Perhaps we can just raise the retirement age for office workers.

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roymercerJan. 20, 13 5:20 AM

Helmsley is absolutely right. Most Medicare expenditures are wasted and contribute little to health. If the government were capable of spending smartly, there's plenty of money in the pot.

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lakeelmo99Jan. 20, 13 8:38 AM

When you're a hammer everything looks like a nail UHG. Their proposal for savings is basically a list of their services business by business. The true answer is single payer and that's why their stock price remains low compared to earnings. Their Medicare Part D business earns $500 million in profit on sales of $5 billion. And they are just one of 50 Medicare Part D sponsors. Since the government already administers pharma benefits for veterans there's no need for 50 insurance companies acting as middlemen. It shows the power of the insurance lobby and the fleecing of taxpayers at the highest level.

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duckofdeathJan. 20, 13 8:44 AM

Easiest money to save in the medical industry is to eliminate the greedy, superfluous middle man standing between the doctor and patient. Thats you, UnitedHealth.

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