“Certainly resources have exchanged hands, because it takes quite a bit to launch a new initiative. And to the credit of our corporate partner, the resources we receive are received for the broad construct of heart health and messaging to use physically active play to increase activity in many sedentary individuals. … The logo’s not for sale. What we’re doing is promoting a message that’s incredibly important.” —Clyde Yancy, president of the American Heart Association, to ABC News on the group’s decision to endorse the Nintendo Wii video game system and Nintendo’s $1.5 million gift to the group to
support a heart-health initiative. “You do Medicare for God and country because you lose money on it. The only way to provide cost-effective care is outside the Medicare system, a system without constant paperwork and headaches and inadequate reimbursement. … I’ve been in practice 24 years, and a lot of my patients got old right along with me. It’s stressful to tell them you’re leaving Medicare and they’re responsible for payments if they want to stay with you. You feel like you’re abandoning them.” —Guy Culpepper, a Dallas-area family practice doctor who opted
out of Medicare in March, in the Houston Chronicle. The paper found that more than 300 Texas doctors have dropped Medicare in
the past two years.