BELIEVE IT OR NOT WE HAVE UNHAPPY DOCTORS

(6JH) 12/21/13
Exography: Survey finds doctors rebelling against Obamacare, famous hospitals declining to join.

Obamacare applicants across the country are finding their premiums are tripling, their favorite… Obamacare applicants across the country are finding their premiums are tripling, their favorite doctors aren’t available, the physicians they can see are often far away and many prestigious hospitals offering specialized care are off-limits to them.
The profound changes Obamacare is forcing on patients and health care providers. In parts of California, for example, low reimbursement rates have resulted in a doctor rebellion, as nearly seven out of 10 doctors refuse to participate in the exchanges.
San Diego broker Neil Crosby told the Examiner that “65 to 70 percent of the providers have declined the reimbursement schedules the carriers are offering. Agent David Fear in Sacramento said, “Roughly a third of the doctors are going to be accepted in the networks. Broker Carol Taylor of Roanoke, Va., estimated that participating doctor networks there are shrinking by 70 percent in the exchange plans.
Meanwhile, nationally known health insurance providers like United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna and Coventry are staying out of the Obamacare exchange marketplaces. Other well-known companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield are in, but are sharply narrowing their networks to exclude many doctors, as well as elite hospitals. As a result, well-known hospitals like Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai, New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering and the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital will be out of reach for many exchange patients.
The changes wrought by Obamacare are especially hard on patients in rural areas because the new program often puts available medical help far away. None of Lynchburg’s three hospitals are available to exchange patients.
While health care services for Obamacare customers are being curtailed, premiums are skyrocketing for many of them. Mark Brown, an agent in Joliet, Ill., said, “if they enroll in the Blue Cross Choice, it’s smaller, much smaller than what it was before. But the prices of these plans have gone up considerably, about 30 to 40 percent.”
Donna Hill in Duluth, Ga., just outside Atlanta, said premiums are 80- to 100-percent higher than those under current policies that offered wider networks.
Gregg Westcott, an agent in Grand Rapids, Mich., said his customers are seeing $300-per-month premiums mushrooming to $900 and $1,400. Agent Larry Pahlke’s Chicago customers are seeing monthly premiums increase from $425 to $750. But New Jersey’s Mordo echoed comments from many of his colleagues across the country when he told the Examiner that “outside the exchange, the provider networks are large.
They provide important insights into how the American health care system is being changed by Obamacare. Sources-politifact, Richard Pollock, examiner

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