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originally posted by: Admitted
No one will ever agree because the problem is not seen.
originally posted by: TonyS
a reply to: AndyFromMichigan
Hate to sound like a harpie but.....Elizabeth Warren is right.........its time for Single Payer. Yea the service will be crappy but it beats the 100 million living in abject poverty in the US becoming diseased and spreading it throughout the rest of the population. At least with single payer they will die with some dignity.
originally posted by: alphabetaone
originally posted by: Grambler
Medicaid, doctors are refusing to accept it all over.
That's odd considering 40% of all child births are paid for by Medicaid. That doesn't sound to me like "doctors refusing to accept it all over".
Abstract: Academic literature has consistently illustrated that Medicaid patients—adults and children—have inferior access to health care, and notably poorer health outcomes, than privately insured patients. Due to the program's low reimbursement rates, more and more doctors are refusing to even accept Medicaid. As a result, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Medicaid patients to find access to primary and specialty care physicians. When Medicaid patients are admitted to hospitals, they are often admitted with more serious conditions than those with private insurance. By further expanding this broken program, Obamacare will only exacerbate the situation, continuing to harm many low-income Americans who have no option other than Medicaid. Policymakers should reform Medicaid to allow Medicaid patients access to private insurance in a consumer-driven market.
Those dollars don't necessarily buy Medicaid beneficiaries access to care. Half of all doctors are not taking new Medicaid patients, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
When enrollees can’t get access to a doctor, they often head to emergency rooms. According to a Colorado Hospital report, ER usage has gone up 5.6% in expansion states but only 1.8% in non-expansion states.
For the lucky few who are able to see a doctor, there's no guarantee that Medicaid will improve their health. Researchers in Oregon studied a limited expansion of the state's Medicaid program. Their conclusion? While the expansion "did increase use of health care services," the study found that "Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in measured physical health outcomes."