Local Shaman Says He Now Accepts Medicare


A Fort Wayne, Indiana Shaman confirmed he is now accepting Medicare patients.

Emjivada Depotha, Jr. announced he has begun accepting Medicare despite the low reimbursement rate from the government.

“I usually demand a pig and a chicken for my services, but with Medicare I am lucky to get a goat,” he said.

Depotha, Jr. practices the healing art of Shamanism Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at his offices on 2009 East 12th Street.

“I take Friday off because of the unavailability of some of the healing spirits,” he explained. “They really like three day weekends.”

He freely admits some people are skeptical of his services: “They see what I do as some sort of black magic or quackery; but come on, I mean it’s not like I’m a chiropractor.”

Depotha, Jr. explained the process of how he helps heal patients.

“Appointments usually require a patient to block out a two-hour time frame,” he said. “I have to go into a trance and sometimes it takes the Jagermeister that long to kick in.”

Depotha, Jr. said during the trance he consults with spirits to diagnose medical issues experienced by his patients and to develop a method of treatment.

“Usually, the good spirits recommend a holistic approach while the evil spirits recommend I remove and sell the patient’s organs,” he added. “Both approaches have merit.”

Depotha, Jr. began the exploration of Shamanism after failing every pre-med class he was taking at a local community college.

“I just found it’s easier to read an aura than trying to read a stupid x-ray,” he acknowledges. “I know accepting Medicare is a bit of a gamble. All it will take is one improperly filed diagnostic code to cause a delay in payment. Seriously, Medicare is just a bunch of mumbo-jumbo. And believe me, I know mumbo-jumbo.”

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