Skip to comments.Doctors Threaten to Pull Out of Texas Medicaid
Posted on 07/12/2010 7:49:01 PM PDT by george76
Cuts to the reimbursements given to doctors who treat patients covered by the state's low-income health care program are raising fears that already declining physician participation will fall even further...
The health care and insurance industries fear that a 1 percent cut in Medicaid fees scheduled to take effect Sept. 1 will be the first in a series of cuts as state agencies are asked to trim their two-year budgets by 10 percent to help cover an expected $18 billion revenue shortfall...
less than a third of the state's 48,700 practicing doctors accept patients covered by the federal program, according to Texas Health and Human Services Commission. And some doctors who do participate in the program limit the number and kind of patients they accept.
A survey by the Texas Medical Association, the state's largest physicians interest group, showed that 45 percent of its members who responded said they would limit how many Medicaid patients they would treat if the Medicaid fees were cut by 1 or 2 percent, while another 24 percent said they would stop accepting any Medicaid patients.
The issue is one of financial survival, said Tom Banning, the association's lobbyist. He said Medicaid pays about 70 percent of what Medicare, a federal insurance program for people age 65 or older, pays for the same service.
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Doctors are reacting to Medicare and Medicaid HAVING PULLED OUT FIRST.
I’ve said it here time and time again. We’re a hair breadth’s away from the Feds dictating that doctors accept Medicare/Medicaid patients; no choice.
It’s coming. Mark my words.
Medicaid is in large part - heathcare for illegals.
These Dr’s sound like counterrevolutionary Kulaks.
YEP...and healthcare for welfare recipients.....or is that Medicaid?
Doctors are, for the most part, small business owners, if they can’t make money under the current rules they change their practice models. It is called survival
I don't doubt it. The official position of the goobermint is, "If you need a license from us, then your practice is a privilege--not a right-- and we don't care what degree you have." This means, the goobermint can force you to see medicare/ medicaid patients anytime they want--at a price of their choosing-- and if you refuse, there goes your license.
Licenses so far are issued by States, but that can be over-ridden by the fascist Usurper's whores in Congress introducing the necessary legislation, assuming it is not already in the obamacare bill, somewhere in the back 500 pages of fine print.
They may try to mandate that we see medicare and medicaid patients, but they can’t keep me from retiring early and walking away. Many of my colleagues have plans to do so if Obamacare is not repealed or defunded. An imperative to treat medicare and medicaid patients will just make it happen that much faster. This country is going to lose a tremendous amount of medical talent in the next few years, as many of us just walk away.
This is Texas, and I’m glad to see them at the forefront.
If their student loans are paid to date, I don’t care what they do. Unless you’re in desperate need (which most folks aren’t), doctors are little more than a transfer of wealth from the patient to the pharmaceutical company. Unless I’ve got bone sticking out or blood coming out of a hole that was there when I was born, I avoid ‘em like the plague.
What an amazing statement.
Is it their wealth or the fact that they are hardworking that irritates you the most?
Rather cynical vie of doctors I must say.
Heard the other day that the US healthcare system would be solvent IF the illegals were gone.
Hmmmm....I had my annual appointment with my doc last week....I asked him what he was going to do about the “Nat’lized Health Care”....he said....”Not going to worry about it”....does not seem they are going to make docs mandatory participants.” Now, My doc, Dr. Jonathan Wright is a MD and a ND, and a researcher/publisher, etc (look up Tahoma Clinic)....and on the leading edge of “healthy” medicine for the past 30 years. He was once raided by the FDA or some gov’t entity, and HATES the FDA and gov’t. He does NOT take Medicare/Medicaid or even bill insurance....and is the best doc I’ve ever had for “prevention”....if I had a broken bone....I’d just go to the local emergency room. That said....I sure hope he is right that they will not force them into the system. He’s usually right. Docs who have relied on Medicaid, Medicare are probably part of the problem.
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