Medicare/Medicaid and Spine Surgery

We all know what the insurance game is. You overpay for an insurance but when it comes down to covering you for anything that will keep you off disability— all of a sudden you have an issue. Well there are a lot of working and not working poor who have to apply to medicaid for the family. Working poor also have the most blue-collar job hazards that will require them to have some kind of therapy, treatment or surgery at some point. So, here we will cover the plight of Medicaid and spine surgery which is one of the most common surgery that is being had by this group.

Another group specific statistic:

According to the July, 2013 issue of Spine magazine—people on Medicaid, experienced the most complications undergoing spine surgery than any other group.


This is a worrisome thing and one worth looking at since it screams neglect a little loudly here. Something is definitely amiss. The group having spine surgery was narrowed down to what group had the largest issues. This research points to a significant group having spine arthritis surgery. It is an important study so that orthopedic surgeons and the like can determine what they need to do to have better recovery and rehabilitation times.

Insurance status poses a significant risk for post operative complications. This according to Seattle, Hebrew Medical Center.


Post operative comparison between Medicare and Medicaid:

In another study 1,600 people underwent spinal surgery. It was noted that the people on medicare or who were at least partially self-pay suffered far less significant post operative complications than the participants on Medicaid. Age, reason for surgery and other significant variables were taken in to consideration at the times of surgery.

Reasons noted by attending physicians as to the reason behind medicaid patients doing poorly:

Underinsurance is the number one issue here. If a patient is on Medicaid, they may be able to undergo the procedure itself, however, the post operative procedures may not be covered. In that case, it’s as bad as not having insurance at all. If you don’t get support for healing—then additional issues arise for which more treatment that isn’t covered is needed.

The next issue is proper education and resources that the Medicaid may not get. To not be informed of what is available—is to be cut off from critical information about post operative care.

Forecast for the medicaid group:

The situation under the new “Obamacare” act seems to have a bleak forecast. If it stays on the same path—it will hit critical mass by 2016. At that point there will be a whopping 30 million people insured on this plan.

Bottom Line:

For those with a rough socioeconomic status may not find a light at the end of the tunnel anytime soon. This means more complications for those in need of delicate spine surgery without the coverage needed for the critical post operative care they so desperately need.

Phyllis Kentleton

Phyllis Kentleton is a professional copywriter and web content creator with a former medical background as a Certified Nursing Assistant and a specialization in Alzheimer's and Dementia care. She owns a Facebook community that supports writers and artists in the state of Florida.