More doctors are opting out of the Medicare system. Expect this to get worse after Obamacare is fully implemented and doctors start opting out of the private insurance market. The rich will have their private concierge doctors, while the rest of us will be stuck on waiting lists.
Fewer American doctors are treating patients enrolled in the Medicare health program for seniors, reflecting frustration with its payment rates and pushback against mounting rules, according to health experts.
The number of doctors who opted out of Medicare last year, while a small proportion of the nation’s health professionals, nearly tripled from three years earlier, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency that administers the program. Other doctors are limiting the number of Medicare patients they treat even if they don’t formally opt out of the system.
Even fewer doctors say they will accept new Medicaid patients, and the number who don’t participate in private insurance contracts, while smaller, is growing—just as millions of Americans are poised to gain access to such coverage under the new health law next year. All told, health experts say the number of doctors going “off-grid” isn’t enough to undermine the Affordable Care Act, but they say some Americans may have difficulty finding doctors who will take their new benefits or face long waits for appointments with those who do. (Read More)
Another trend we’re seeing is big hospitals buying up private practices. So the days of visiting your small town family doctor could be coming to an end.
Boy, it’s a good thing the Democrats “fixed” health care in America.