“There is no general mandate under Medicaid to reimburse providers for all or substantially all of their costs.”
– Obama Administration
Before a California Federal Appeals Court
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Seems like an open-ended statement, I am not surprised given that it is a politician speaking those words.
I think I would be more surprised if he, a politician, clarified with an exact number.
“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
It seems with this adminstration, you can never really tell which way the wind is blowing!
No one ever knows where the wind is blowing.
I just got all the more confused now. Can we just hit the restart button?
The expansion of Medicaid era is here.
Hmmm. Looks like some providers may be getting less money or be paid below operating cost. Hope it doesn’t equal less care for people with Medicare/Medicaid because docs just will stop taking it.
“…which insures 60 million low-income people and will soon cover many more under the new health care law.” What about physicians? Does the administration ever bother to stop and think how these decisions might affect doctors and their willingness to provide their services to these people? If there is no financial incentive for physicians to work, don’t be surprised when they don’t!
Will this affect or deteriorate the quality of care provided? If so, then what’s the point of having so many more people covered under this program if at the end of the day they will probably end up getting sicker and sicker or will have no physician to assist them because nobody will want to treat them (since reimbursements are so low)? Strange reasoning.
That’s an unfortunate statement to hear if your a healthcare provider.
So, we are forcing more people onto Medicaid, but preventing doctors from accepting new patients?
Here is the steady state of this problem: only the worst doctors will take Medicaid patients because better doctors will be able to pick and choose their patients. Additionally, these patients will have their awful provider care rationed by way of extensive waiting lists.
This is infuriating.
@Gabriel Odom–the next step will require physicians to take Medicaid patients as a condition of licensure.
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