Doctor with piggy bank Theproposed changes might make it a bit simpler to find a doctor whotakes new Medicare patients, but it could lead to higher costs forseniors. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Vowing to protect Medicare with "every ounce of strength,"President Donald Trump last week spoke to a cheering crowd inFlorida. But his executive order released shortly afterward includes provisionsthat could significantly alter key pillars of the program by makingit easier for beneficiaries and doctors to opt out.

The bottom line: The proposed changes might make it a bitsimpler to find a doctor who takes new Medicare patients, but itcould lead to higher costs for seniors and potentially expose someto surprise medical bills, a problem from which Medicare hastraditionally protected consumers.

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