As a follow-up to what I wrote last week, it seems like the new Medicare cards are slow to take off. And why not? On one hand, you have a dizzying, confusing array of Medicare cards - on the other, you have Canada, which gives you better savings. The choice seems pretty clear. It confounds me how the government can so poorly implement a simple ...

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We all know that one reason for rising health costs is that newer technologies are more expensive. For one small example, consider the evolution from sigmoidoscopies to colonoscopies. The medical director Patient Care writes that sigmoidoscopies have virtually ceased once colonoscopies became a covered benefit under both Medicare and private insurance. Consider the charge for a sigmoidoscopy is several hundred dollars compared to over $3000 for a ...

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AMNews compared two Medicare discount cards with Drugstore.com and a Canadian mail-order pharmacy. As you can see, the discounts still aren't enough. There is also pretty wide variability between the two Medicare cards:

Medication / Card 1 / Card 2 / Drugstore.com / Canada

Celebrex $105.64 / $162.87 / $76.99 / $38.69
Lipitor $60.85 / $66.82 / $62.99 / $49.85
Nexium $109.39 / ...

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