Doctors Reluctant to take Medicaid Patients

Another glaring example of why it is not a very good idea to adopt FEDERALIZED medicine. Medicaid, a federal program, underpays for services and late pays on most bills. Doctors therefore are reluctant to see these patients who have no other option when it comes to health care other than using the EMERGENCY rooms of hospitals who must treat all patients.

Anyone who still thinks FEDERALIZE HEALTH care is going to IMPROVE things either has took leave of their senses or just simply refuses to see how INEPT government run programs are. It is ignorance when a person refuses to accept the obvious even when the facts are presented.

But I guess a “give me” outweighs a persons ability to reason. Remember there is no such thing as a FREE LUNCH someone somewhere is going to pay, and believe it or not, those who are supposed to benefit from these policies are the ones who end up paying the most. Usually with their lives.

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It’s widely known that while there is some variation, in most states Medicaid reimburses physicians at significantly lower rates than private insurers. As we’ve previously highlighted, research indicates that these low rates of payment affect physicians’ decisions to treat Medicaid patients.

While low reimbursement is a serious problem in Medicaid that ultimately compromises access and thus quality of care for those receiving public assistance, a new study published yesterday by Health Affairs finds that administrative burdens—in particular payment delays— can also have a significant effect on physicians decisions to accept Medicaid patients.

Medicaid payment rates matter, but the hassle factor also matters, and this study strongly suggests that higher Medicaid fees won’t have the desired effect of increasing access if physicians have to wait months to get paid.

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