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One Dec. 16, my sister called with the news
WHAT I REALLY KNOW
About Holiday Travel
By Margaret Griffin, Austin, Texas
that my dad wasn’t expected to live more than a
couple of days. I faced the wearying task of finding a
last-minute roundtrip flight that would get me back
before Christmas. I was determined to spend the
holiday with my children and grandkids, a thought
that would sustain me through the week ahead. Mi-
raculously, I got a flight, reasonably priced, that would
NANCY JAMES, Brea, Calif.
What’s a citizen to do?
I don’t know what the average person can do to fight Medicare fraud
and waste [“Busting Medicare Fraud,” November]. I had an incident
with a physician I no longer use. My Medicare Explanation of Benefits form showed a payment for a procedure I had not received.
When I called the doctor’s office, I was told I had received it, but I
knew different. So I called Medicare and really got the runaround,
transferred from one section to another to another, with long wait
times at each. After 30 minutes of waiting on hold, I finally just hung
up and decided if they weren’t concerned, I couldn’t be either.
sional consultation. That’s why they
cost more than something bought off
PAUL J. TOBIN
United Spinal Association
Jackson Heights, N. Y.
LEFT: PLANE, ANDREW HOLT/GETTY IMAGES; WREATH, ISTOCKPHOTO; RIGHT: JURI SAMSONOV/ISTOCKPHOTO
return me to them around midnight on Christmas Eve.
“The Case of the Expensive Wheelchair” [Editor’s Letter] compares
prices Medicare paid for wheelchairs
versus the cost to suppliers and assumes the difference is due to fraud.
We’re dead set against Medicare
fraud, but this assumption fails to
recognize that wheelchairs—like
people—are not fungible.
A person with permanent paralysis needs an individualized wheelchair. Someone 6 feet 4 inches tall,
paralyzed from the neck down with
little use of hands, who depends
on a breathing tube, needs a power
wheelchair with individualized electronic controls and room for oxygen
Adapting wheelchairs to an individ-
ual is essential and requires profes-
“Back on the Charts” [In the News]
began: “When Britain declared war
on Nazi Germany 70 years ago, it
not only launched World War II
but ….” How could you imply that
Britain, rather than Germany, began
World War II?
Redondo Beach, Calif.
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DC 20049; or e-mail to: Bulletin@aarp.org.
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