Doctors are saying no to ObamaCare. We knew this was going to happen, and Mirada Childe of of South Florida is the latest ObamaCare enrollee who is sharing her story.
Childe says she repeatedly ran into closed doors from South Florida doctors who are listed in her plan’s provider network but refused to see patients who bought their coverage on the ACA exchange. “I just felt that I wasn’t being treated like a first-class citizen,’’ said Childe, who eventually found a doctor with the help of a Humana counselor. “Nobody, I don’t care what kind of degrees they have, should ever be treated that way.’’
Of course this doesn’t have to do with the doctor’s degrees. He’s not the bad guy here. Instead of being angry at a doctor for making a logical choice, Childe should be directing her anger at the President and his fellow Democrats for creating a health care system that discourages physicians from accepting it. The incentives under ObamaCare, and government meddling have caused this two tiered health care system, and in states that expand Medicaid, it’ll only get worse. Some physicians say they’re concerned they won’t be paid for their services by either the insurer or the patient, and that insurers are not adequately informing doctors of their inclusion in exchange plan networks.
“You don’t want to be in a situation where you provide service, and turn around and there’s no contract in place to reimburse you,’’ said Jay Millson, executive vice president of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians.
Kendall, Florida resident Sal Morales, who has been on a plan purchased through the ObamaCare system since March found providers turning him and other patients away with a very simple message, “We do not accept anything from the marketplace [Obamacare].”
But Morales said the worst experience was standing by at another doctor’s office as the receptionist called Florida Blue to verify his coverage. “They got into a screaming match,’’ he said, “with the receptionist, a lab technician and even the doctor — and me at the dividing wall, listening to all this, with about 17 patients in that little room listening to the fact that I had what I thought was the worst insurance on the face of the earth. “This person kept saying that they were not going to be taking any Obamacare insurance because they will never get paid,’’ he said.
It is simple economics. A doctor cannot lose money per patient and make it up on volume. In fact, just a few patients who don’t pay can put a doctor out of practice completely.
A 20 percent drop in cash flow for one week, Martinez said, could mean a physician in private practice goes out of business the following week.
Nearly one million Floridians purchased insurance coverage via ObamaCare and, although it is not clear how many of them have had the same experience, it is safe to say that Floridians are not the only Americans facing this very problem. This is just but a taste of the poor care stories that we will hear because of this disastrous law.