Elderly Care

Boomers hit 65

Shrinking budgets to limit services as demand surges

While demand for senior services is mounting, the government's ability to provide those services has been weakened by soaring health care costs and state and local budget cuts.

Medicare

HICAP helps seniors find primary care doctor

SANTA CRUZ -- Carol Fuller was approaching 65 and in fine health. The longtime Santa Cruz resident and former business owner had little reason to visit the doctor in previous years and relied mostly on annual visits to the gynecologist to catch...

Medicare

Nurse practitioners, physicians assistants help provide primary care

Doctors aren't alone in providing primary care to patients. Increasingly, nurse practitioners and physician assistants have been sharing the workload.

Medicare

Daughter is relentless in search for doctor for her father

SANTA CRUZ -- Irene Tsouprake couldn't find a doctor for her elderly father. And it was starting to freak her out.

Medicare

Doctor faces gut-wrenching decision over patient care

SANTA CRUZ -- Jennifer Hastings didn't become a doctor to close doors. Her goal has always been to care for the down-and-out.

Medicare

Doctor shuts door on new Medicare patients

WATSONVILLE - For the greater part of 2008, Dr. Chris O'Grady closed his doors to new Medicare patients.

Medicare

ER doc: 'We're the safety net for everyone"

SANTA CRUZ -- When Dr. Tony Musielewicz walks through Dominican Hospital's emergency room, he muses that it often "looks like a nursing home."

Medicare

MAIN STORY DAY 2: Care for county's elderly reaches tipping point

Elderly and disabled patients are flabbergasted. Caring relatives are alarmed. Some doctors are conflicted; others are angry. And virtually everyone touched by Santa Cruz County's inability to care for its Medicare patients is frustrated.

Medicare

Choosing Medicare coverage can be tricky

You've turned 65 and you're going to enroll in Medicare. Not so fast. The questions seem unending; the answers sometimes unclear. Do you want original Medicare or the Medicare Advantage Plan? How about prescription coverage?

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