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Tuberculosis (TB): Illegal Immigrants Bring Serious New Threats

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new-logo25By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.

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“Cases of TB have been identified in the illegal immigrant camps in San Antonio, Austin, and El Paso, Texas, but we do not have information released on the situation for Arizona with the planeloads of illegal immigrants being shipped to Arizona from Texas.”  

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Seventy-five percent of current illegal immigrants are coming from countries in Central America, South America, the Middle East, West Africa, China, India, Pakistan and others far beyond Mexico where multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is common and extremely widespread in children and adults. Extensively Drug Resistant TB (XDR-TB) is an even more serious form of TB accounting for about 10% of cases in these countries, particularly Central/South America and India. Many illegal border crossers now flooding the U.S. southern border, are carrying an invisible, disease-causing co-traveler: the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium.    More

Deadly Diseases Crossing Border With Illegal Immigrants

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new-logo25Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.

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A public health crisis, the likes of which I have not seen in my lifetime, is looming. Hardest hit by exposures to these difficult-to-treat diseases will be elderly, children, immunosuppressed cancer-patients, patients with chronic lung disease or congestive heart failure.

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A flood of illegals has massively surged at our southwestern borders. The economic impact of medical care, education, and incarceration for illegals forced on taxpayers is bankrupting Arizona.

Why are such swarms entering the U.S. illegally NOW, particularly children? Newspapers in Mexico and Central and South America are actually describing U.S. “open borders,” encouraging people to come with promises of food stamps or “amnesty.” It is textbook Cloward-Piven strategy to overwhelm and collapse the economic and social systems, in order to replace them with a “new socialist order” under federal control.

Carried by this tsunami of illegals are the invisible “travelers” our politicians don’t like to mention: diseases the U.S. had controlled or virtually eradicated: tuberculosis (TB), Chagas disease, dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, measles, plus more. I have been working on medical projects in Central and South America since 2009, so I am aware of problems these countries face from such diseases. More

New Medicare Harms to Home Health: Saving Dollars, But Costing Lives?

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New Medicare Harms to Home Health: Saving Dollars, But Costing Lives?

new-logo25Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.

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“The government says this is all in the name of “cost savings.”  So that makes Obamacare’s new slogan appear to be: “Saving dollars, costing lives.”  If you like your life, you may not get to keep it under Obamacare.

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Here are my Top 6 harmful changes in home health services and bidding rules for DME vendors:

Obamacare has made drastic changes in Medicare procedures for obtaining durable medical equipment (DxME) for home health services. Most patients will not be aware of the hidden new rules until they are hit with higher costs or denial of services or needed supplies. 

Here are my Top 6 harmful changes in home health services and bidding rules for DME vendors:

obm1. Obamacare cut $66 Billion from the Medicare budget for home health services from 2013 – 2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

2. Obamacare cuts to home health services are the Democrats’ version of a War on Women: 60 percent of those needing home health services and equipment are elderly or disabled women. I say Democrats because there were zero Republican votes for Obamacare.

3. Obamacare cuts $17 billion from hospice care, another Medicare-covered service typically delivered in the lower-cost setting of homes instead of hospitals.

4. Medicare implemented new rules called “Competitive Bidding” (CB) for vendors of home health equipment and supplies.  Like so many federal laws and rules, the CB process has an effect opposite to the one its name suggests. The new bid rules are non-competitive and damaging in many ways: More

Top 9 Ways Government Attacks American Seniors

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new-logo25Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.

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“Who would have thought after a lifetime of service to our country in homes, jobs, and communities, seniors would be attacked by their own government with many threats to their savings and lives in retirement?”

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“Chaos, cost increases, and turmoil reign since Obamacare took effect. Hidden1619098_10202643451221752_1414455253_n changes drastically transform Medicare, affecting your ability to get needed medical care—even if you pay out of pocket.”

Here is my list of the Top ­9 government attacks on American seniors:

1. CMS proposed a 678-page rule (1-6-2014) requiring enrollment in Medicare for all prescribers of drugs covered under Part D Medicare. Currently, medication prescribers only need to have an active state license permitting prescribing. CMS is restricting Medicare beneficiaries’ ability to use their benefits if they see an independent physician outside “the system.” Independent physicians can see patients but cannot order anything for them. It’s like telling an auto mechanic that he can fix cars but he can’t use any tools.

Even Doctors enrolled in Medicare risk having their enrollment revoked if, in the eyes of the government bureaucrats, they “fail to meet Medicare requirements.” The requirements change almost daily, and Medicare rules are often subjectively interpreted, so this means doctors may avoid prescribing something YOU need rather than risk a Medicare sanction and losing income. More

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