“If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Keep Your…Oops…”

doc fall 300…[T]he extent of the problems is taking by surprise many patients — and even doctors — as frustrations mount.

Aliso Viejo resident Danielle Nelson said Anthem BlueCross promised half a dozen times that her oncologists would be covered under her new policy. She was diagnosed last year with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and discovered a suspicious lump near her jaw in early January.

But when she went to her oncologist’s office, she promptly encountered a bright orange sign saying that Covered California plans are not accepted. (LA Times)

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  1. Thomas says:

    “…some patients are now running into frustrating new roadblocks at the doctor’s office.”

    It sounds like most patients are running into this problem. The sad thing is that it isn’t the healthy who are looking for annual checkups that this is happening to, its people who have cancer or health issues that need to see a doctor.

  2. Jay says:

    If options are so limited, then who are seeing these doctors? If everyone is having a hard time finding a doctor, then who exactly are the doctors providing care for?

  3. Walter Q. says:

    I bet Mr. President is regretting saying that now. What more can you expect with this desperately flawed healthcare reform.

  4. Matthew says:

    “I’m a complete fan of the Affordable Care Act, but now I can’t sleep at night.”

    Then how can you be a fan of ACA? The idea in theory is noble, but when the plan is as flawed as it is and cancer patients cannot see their doctors, you cannot possibly support this any longer.

    • Bill B. says:

      I think the liberal voters are in denial just as much as the liberal politicians are.

      • Jay says:

        Maybe if they spent a little less time being fed liberal media and a little more time reading blogs such as this one, they would be better informed.

    • Perry says:

      Having insurance and getting the medical care you need or want are 2 completely different things. If you want choice, you cannot depend on the government to gaurantee that.

  5. Philip H says:

    The state of California has been a Democratic bastion for a long time. It is a state whose population tends to vote Democrat every time they have a chance. They have been supporters of change and normally lead liberal reforms. They voice their opinion and are especially critical to the Republican Party. For a long time they have supported everything Democrats have proposed, especially the health care reform. Thanks to the electoral force of that state, Obamacare was approved. But, things are changing. Supporters of ACA are seeing the disadvantages of program, which they ignored in the past. That is a major blow to Obamacare. As time goes by, more and more people will realize that the program is harmful for them and they will oppose it. In the future Obamacare won’t have any supporters. Those who once supported the reform will suffer from the issues the healthcare system brought. They will suffer alongside every American, and will regret supporting that catastrophic reform.

  6. Moe S. says:

    Nothing can force doctors to accept different insurance. They can choose which plans to decline, and the health care reform caused more of these plans to be rejected. If most doctors reject the insurance plans, we would end up with no universal coverage. We will end up having a small amount of doctors accepting insurance, while most will only see patients that can pay cash.

  7. Frank L. says:

    Many are the cases of patients who lost their doctors, and there will be many more. This is just another side effect of a reform that was implemented without considering all its ramifications. Mr. President, spreading chaos in the health care system was your goal? Or is it just a consequence of doing what is popular, not necessarily what is right?

  8. Danielle W. says:

    What are the benefits of being able to buy insurance if you had pre-conditions, when you won’t be able to see a doctor anyway?

  9. Charles T. says:

    Obama sought equality when he asked for a health care reform. He wanted everyone to play on a level field. The reform accomplishes this, up to a certain point, but not the point the President wanted. The Obama administration wanted that everyone had a better coverage, a better healthcare system for all; where everyone enjoyed form the same benefits regardless of previous conditions, ignoring difference in wealth, or place of residence. The administration wanted high quality health care coverage for all. He accomplished some parts of his goals. Everyone can acquire an insurance plan, there is no discrimination toward people with previous conditions and everyone is treated equal under the reform. Except, that the quality is lower than what many had before the reform. There is no high quality health care system, just a system that barely provides basic care. There is a system in which the common American is worse off. A system that is only accepted by few doctors and that is hurting the economy. Obama achieved equality; he lowered the status quo of the middle class and slightly increased the status quo of the lower class. The wealthier class, which the administration often attack, was not touched (in fact you can argue they are better off, now that many doctors don’t accept the new insurance they have to wait less to have an appointment and because they are capable of paying cash for any treatment they need regardless of the insurance plan they have). The administration found equality by making all worse off. The healthcare system is shattered and those paying the price are the American consumer.

  10. bart says:

    In this particular case, I’m surprised Anthem Blue Cross isn’t forcing the specialist to accept the patient. It implies that Blue Cross actually has multiple networks and reimbursement schedules. Disturbing if true.

  11. Sarah T. says:

    So, Covered California – somewhat of a misnomer.

  12. BHS says:

    “I’m a complete fan of the Affordable Care Act, but now I can’t sleep at night,” Nelson said. “I can’t imagine this is how President Obama wanted it to happen.”

    This statement is especially concerning to me. She’s still a complete fan of the law? Doesn’t see why this stuff is happening?

  13. Bob Hertz says:

    Do we know why the doctor would not accept Covered California insurance? Low reimbursement? fear of no reimbursement?