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|Subject: Re: 4 Years no budget from Senate ...||Date: 3/24/2013 1:32 PM|
|Author: eatenbybears||Number: 1867190 of 1913932|
That's a complete fabrication. If you take out all the doctors that can't charge medicare in the forst place i.e., plastic surgeons etc... 98% of physicians are compliant with medicare. ......
You should do some research before finding yourself standing in front of a doctors office with overflowing bucket of Obamacare and Medicare that nobody is willing to accep
A new government study finds one-third of doctors do not accept new Medicaid patients. Most of the doctors cited low reimbursement as the reason, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The study of 4,326 doctors found while 31 percent were not taking new Medicaid patients, 18 percent were not taking new patients with private insurance, and 17 percent were not taking new Medicare patients.
The researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics reported in the journal Health Affairs that they found a wide variation among states. For example, almost 60 percent of doctors in New Jersey said they would not accept new Medicaid patients, while almost all doctors in Wyoming did accept them. Doctors in metropolitan areas and smaller practices were less likely to take new Medicaid patients.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an independent federal panel, said that 29 percent of Medicare beneficiaries who were looking for a primary care doctor had a problem finding one. In the 2008 HSC national survey, more than 20 percent of primary care doctors refused to see all new Medicare patients (only 4.5 percent refused all new privately insured patients); about 40 percent of primary care doctors and 20 percent of specialists refused most new Medicare patients.
The problem of physician access is about to increase dramatically. By 2019, Medicare payments become even lower than Medicaid. According to the Medicare Trustees, Medicare payment reductions under the new law will cause hospitals, nursing facilities, and home health agencies to operate at a loss – 15 percent lose money by 2019, 25 percent by 2030, and 40 percent by 2050. The Trustees Report openly acknowledged the obvious – these health care facilities “would have to withdraw from serving Medicare beneficiaries, or shift substantial portions of Medicare costs to their non-Medicare, non-Medicaid payers.” The bottom line is insurance without access to medical care is an illusion, and that is exactly what is in store for Medicare patients.
Voters and our politicians seem to be unaware that a significant proportion of doctors already do not accept Medicare patients, primarily because of inadequate payment for services, and that number is increasing. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an independent federal panel, said that 29 percent of Medicare beneficiaries who were looking for a primary care doctor had a problem finding one. In the 2008 HSC national survey, more than 20 percent of primary care doctors refused to see all new Medicare patients (only 4.5 percent refused all new privately insured patients); about 40 percent of primary care doctors and 20 percent of specialists refused most new Medicare patients.
An increasing number of doctors are opting out of the Medicare system, including many of the specialists, internists, and integrative physicians who handle thyroid, hormonal, fatigue, and immune system problems. In fact, many of these doctors don't accept Medicare, and also do not participate in any private insurance programs at all. Their patients need to pay out of pocket, up front, and file themselves to get whatever reimbursement is available under their coverage.
Medicare is a form of insurance. Doctors have the option to accept an insurance plan or not. Many doctors opt not to take Medicare insurance because of the perceived low payments and hassles they receive for their services. Many doctors feel that the government has dropped the payment amounts for services to such a low rate that they cannot provide these same services without going broke. There is much debating going on between hospitals, private doctors and the Medicare system to come up with a more fair and justified payment plan.
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