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Medicare payments don't tell whole story [Letter]

Medicare

The Sun's story regarding Medicare payments to ophthalmologists is incomplete and does not report the fact that the treatment in question is effective in restoring vision ("Hundreds of millions paid by Medicare in Maryland," April 10).

Maybe if Medicare payments are reported, then it should also be reported whether the treatment is beneficial to the patient. Not every surgical procedure requires general anesthesia. Report the number of "failed" laminectomies. Report the number of joint replacements which were unnecessary. Incomplete reporting leaves out facts which is poor journalism.

Siegfried Buchwalter

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