Artificial Intelligence-driven medicine (AI) is rapidly taking over our daily lives, with algorithms deciding who lives and who dies without the “problem” of being hindered by human compassion or emotion.
Such technology is the inevitable outcome of former President Barack Obama’s infamous death panels.
If you are on Medicare, it’s time to buckle up, as we are about to enter an Orwellian nightmare.
One example of how Artificial Intelligence denies people basic care is the case of Frances Walter, an 85-year-old Wisconsin woman with a respiratory condition and shattered left shoulder who was forced out of her nursing home by an AI algorithm that decided she only needed to stay there for 16.6 days, Stat News reported.
On the 17th day, Walter’s Medicare Advantage insurer, Security Health Plan, cut off payment for her care in accordance with the algorithm, even though she wasn’t yet healed.
Walter was forced to return home to her apartment, where she lives alone, although medical notes dating back to June 2019 showed extreme pain.
It took over a year for a federal judge to fix the nightmare, ruling that the AI’s decision to cut off Walter’s Coverage was “at best, speculative.”
I tuned out Walter was owed thousands of dollars more for the care she received; however, in pursuing retribution for it, she spent her life savings and enrolled in Medicaid.
According to a STAT investigation, the advent of AI powered medicine has sent the denials of medical claims soaring due to the algorithms, particularly under the taxpayer-funded Medicare Advantage.
“Behind the scenes, insurers are using unregulated predictive algorithms, under the guise of scientific rigor, to pinpoint the precise moment when they can plausibly cut off payment for an elderly patient’s treatment,” STAT reported.
“The denials that follow are setting off heated disputes between doctors and insurers, often delaying treatment of seriously ill patients who are neither aware of the algorithms nor able to question their calculations,” it added.
“Elderly people who spent their lives paying into Medicare and are now facing amputation, fast-spreading cancers, and other devastating diagnoses, are left to either pay for their care themselves or get by without it. If they disagree, they can file an appeal and spend months trying to recover their costs, even if they don’t recover from their illnesses.”
Those pushing AI-driven medicine claim robots are better at delivering personalized care than humans.
But this clearly isn’t the case, especially for people like Walter.