If you don’t have a physician taking care of you right now and you are on Medicare? Find one ASAP. I’ve watched primary care physicians bail on Medicare since SCOTUS gave it the okay in June. Until you need care, you probably won’t think much of what is happening. Thank you POTUS for stealing from Medicare to prop up ObamaCrapCare.
To tell you that there will be change in the coming year is to put it mildly. There lies an undercurrent of deceit in government assisted healthcare. For many, they won’t know anything until they or their loved ones actually need to use Medicare. How many physicians do you know of that want to continue to work for pennies on the dollar? How Obamacare’s $716 Billion in Cuts Will Drive Doctors Out of Medicare.
Can anyone honestly believe that those that have taken an oath to heal will be comfortable in helping to indirectly ration healthcare? This physician was working for a hospital. He didn’t have overhead.
“I was a typical physician employed by a hospital,” Dr. Slatosky said. “I had all the say so of a janitor. We had no say in scheduling or work hours, and if you needed a day off you had to beg for it.”
Do the math. Physicians cannot pay their overhead by being compensated at pennies on the dollar. Nichols and dimes add up.
Claims and billing ate up the largest portion, 55 percent, of time physicians’ practices spent interacting with health insurers. For primary-care practices, it accounted for about 53 percent. Clerical staff spent the largest number of hours on claims and billing, spending an average, per week, of 27.1 hours in primary-care practices, 29.8 hours in medical specialists’ practices, and 28.7 hours in surgical specialists’ practices.
For small, one-to-two physician practices, the annual cost of dealing with health insurers was greater for primary-care physicians than medical or surgical specialists. Small primary-care practices spent an average of $72,675 interacting with health insurers. Medical specialists spent $70,788 and surgical specialists spent $61,187. The clerical staff, which accounted for the bulk of the hours spent on claims and billing, cost small primary-care practices an average of $31,666 annually, while they cost medical specialists $27,595 and surgical specialists $27,977.
Keep in mind that claims and billing is only one part of the big picture. Add malpractice premiums, insurance for the office staff, medical and office supplies, rent, advertising, etc. Are you seeing the same picture that I am?
According to the Texas Medical Association, 78 percent of Texas physicians were still accepting all new Medicare patients in 2000.33 By 2011 that had dropped to 67 percent.34
And it will continue to drop. Where is torte reform? What government forgets is that healthcare is also a business. When the business loses money, it goes under. So, are you ready for kitchen surgery?
Never forget who brought us this poser. h/t helenk