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Shunned by the doctor
Earl Bean, 67, Sanford, Fla.

"I ran into quite a problem finding a doctor that would accept a Medicare patient. Any future health plans need to address this. Just because you have an insurance policy it does not mean you can find a doctor to take it."

"My specific problem was that my primary care doctor retired, I moved to a different city, and I turned 65 (meaning I got stuck with Medicare) all at the same time. When I tried to find a doctor at my new location in Sanford, Fla., I called about 15 doctors and was told repeatedly that they were not accepting Medicare patients."

"Note: I had a company supplemental policy with drug coverage. It didn't matter. They wanted nothing to do with me. Most wouldn't even take my name."

"I was looking for an internal medicine doctor like I had used for years, but had to settle for a family practice doctor who isn't very good."

"If you can't get a doctor to take you on as a patient just because you have Medicare, I can't imagine what they will say about someone using a plan that comes out of the current health care debate."

NEXT: No control over costs

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