Another Obamacare shoe drops: Docs not participating
Obamacare might be signing up millions of people who never had insurance before but it is going to be difficult in some places for them to find a doctor to treat them.
New York doctors are treating ObamaCare like the plague, a new survey reveals.
A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not participating in the nation's new health-care plan.
Another 33 percent say they're still not sure whether to become ObamaCare providers.
Only 23 percent of the 409 physicians queried said they're taking patients who signed up through health exchanges.
"This is so poorly designed that a lot of doctors are afraid to participate," said Dr. Sam Unterricht, president of the 29,000-member organization. "There's a lot of resistance. Doctors don't know what they're going to get paid."
Three out of four doctors who are participating in the program said they "had to participate" because of existing contractual obligations with an insurer or medical provider, not because they wanted to.
Only one in four "affirmatively" chose to sign up for the exchanges.
Nearly eight in 10 - 77 percent - said they had not been given a fee schedule to show much they'll get paid if they sign up.
The survey invited doctors to anonymously share opinions about the new health care law, and many took time out of their busy days to vent.
"Obama Care wants to start right away, but who see all these new patients???? Not me," e-mailed one doc.
Another said, "I plan to retire if this disaster is implemented. This is a train wreck."
"I refuse to participate in the exchange plans! I am completely opposed to this new law," said a third respondent.
One doctor recycled the mantra used to attack addictions: "The solution is simple: Just say no."
One physician was so disgusted, he threatened to taken only cash patients going forward.
"I am seriously considering opting out of all insurance plans including Medicare because of [ObamaCare]."
Some physicians said the pressure on insurance carriers to control costs is leading to rationed care.
"OBAMACARE is a disaster. I have already seen denial of medication, denial of referrals," one doc said.
And they worry that stingy payments for medical services offered by insurers could put some doctors out of business and force others into retirement.
"Any doctor who accepts the exchange is just a bad businessman/woman. Pays terrible," argued one doctor.
And these are doctors from blue state New York. What do you think doctors in some red states are saying about Obamacare?
Not to sound like a broken record, but this aspect of Obamacare was predicted over and over again during the debates. Warnings about doctors "going Galt," or not accepting any new Medicare or Medicaid patients, or dropping out of private practice altogether were continuously made before the law was passed.
Saying "I told you so" is cold comfort when the chilling effects of Obamacare become plain to everyone.