Obamacare enrollees hit snags at doctor's offices


#1

After overcoming website glitches and long waits to get Obamacare, some patients are now running into frustrating new roadblocks at the doctor’s office.

latimes.com/business/la-fi-obamacare-patients-20140205,0,5417742.story


#2

The general issue has always been a problem - the doctor you want or need to see doesn’t take X insurance. But when the signs say we won’t take ANY of the plans put together under the ACA, that is something different.

We changed plans under our employer and were worried enough about the options, that we called our doctores directly to make sure they would take the plan. As it is I need to find a new doctor anyway, but I couldn’t deal with having to find all new doctors for everyone in the family (including specialists)!

And the insurance companies knew they were putting together stinker plans, but they also had to follow the regulations. It’s all such a mess!


#3

Yes, it is a mess and totally unnecessary. Two days ago I had an appointment with my dermatologist. She is competent, very well liked, and has a loyal patient base. During my visit she shared with me that with the changing face of medicine she may not be able to keep her doors open because she may not be able to meet the overhead (e.g. office expenses, employee salary, etc.). In my case, she removed four lesions but may only be paid for two. She said she had experienced tough times in the past and was sure she could land on her feet again if she has to leave medicine. Yes, I believe she will land on her feet if she has to leave. She is smart, competent, and flexible. But what about her employees, and us, the patients that are depending on her. Will we be able to land on our feet or recover because of the mess our government has created of the healthcare system? I am not so sure.

BTW, the biopsy of one lesion was positive (basil cell carcinoma). I am not worried, she will still be in business next month to treat it.

Peace -


#4

Coverage **does not ** guarantee treatment.

The people whose states expanded Medicaid will be finding that out shortly.


#5

The people that are enrolled in private health insurance through the health care exchanges compromise less the 1% of the people that had health care insurance before January 1st, 2014. The impact is not that large. People that claim that it is a big problem for health care providers are misinformed.


#6

Agree.


#7

Where can we find stats to back up your claim?


#8

Snags with the Affordable Care Act?

I can’t believe it! :dts:


#9

I’ve run into similar situations like that going back several years ago; the doctors wouldn’t accept my insurance plan and would see me but the cost would have been prohibitive.


#10

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