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77% Of NYS Doctors May Opt Out Of Obama-Care

From the New York Post:

Docs resisting ObamaCare

By Carl Campanile | October 29, 2013

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… 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…

Bear in mind that in New York State (and probably most other states) none of the plans offered on the exchange site pay for any treatment done by doctors or hospitals that are not ‘in network.’ That is, not in the same insurance plan as the patient.

So if 77% of New York doctors are not participating in any of these plans, that is going to make it very difficult to find a doctor to treat you. And in an emergency, it’ll be nearly impossible to make sure every doctor and every lab technician is on your specific insurance plan. And paying a doctor who is out of network can get hugely expensive very quickly.

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.”

Hopefully these doctors will be allowed to remain anonymous. Or we foreseen some random audits. ‘No one can be allowed to speak against the revolution.’

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.

How preposterous. We have been told by both the Obama administration and their lickspittle media minions that that could never happen.

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.

Said another MD, “Can’t imagine any doctors would be willing to work for so little money? All doctors should boycott.” …

Such greed should and probably will be punished.

Others said they don’t have enough information to make an informed choice. “This is a joke. We are flying blind,” said one doctor.

That’s the idea.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “77% Of NYS Doctors May Opt Out Of Obama-Care”

  1. Melly

    I live in Noo Yawk. I have an individual direct pay HMO with Empire Blue Cross. It does not cover out of network doctors etc BUT was never a problem here in Westchester County. We have excellent hospitals and doctors and most of them participate in my plan. I received my notice in August that Empire was cancelling my plan. They offer 8 plans now ranging in price. The lower the price, the higher the deductible. They offer nothing comparable to what I have now. Their premier plan, granted, is cheaper. I now pay $1,533 a month. If I were to go with their premier plan it would only cost $649 a month. I called Empire the first time and was informed that my plan was not a grandfathered plan. I called again and was told it was (confirmed by 4 people on Empire’s end). They are sending a letter confirming so. I asked the Empire agents various questions about the new plan but their knowledge was limited. I need specifics before I sign on with a new plan. There are no handbooks available. Everything seems rushed. Thank God I have a grandfathered plan after reading this article, Steve. One agent advised me to keep my plan for now and see what happens with Obamacare. I will have until March to enroll in a cheaper plan. If I skip that deadline I will just have to wait until the following year. This is very disconcerting and scary, to say the least. Obama said before the AMA in 2009: “That means no matter how we reform healthcare, we will keep these promises to the American people. If you like your doctor, you’ll be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period. No one will take it away – no matter what.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8spP856AMY YOU LIED!

    • $1,533 a month?!?!?! Holy Shiite! I don’t feel so bad now. …sheeeeeezz

    • Melly

      Noyzmakr, I know. I’ve been over paying here in NY. And it’s going up again in January. Their Premier plan just has too many holes in it for me to jump blindly into at this moment. Once I leave my direct pay HMO, I cannot go back to it. At least I have an option (albeit a costly option) unlike so many Americans who are suffering under Obamacare’s side effects. My heart breaks for them.

    • You must have what the regime refers to as a ‘Cadillac’ plan. They really hate folks like you. It isn’t fair, even if you do pay more for it, that you have good medical coverage, but the lazy, unemployed, front porch dweller doesn’t. They just get free medical care that they never had to ever pay a tax for, except maybe sales tax on moon pies and grape soda. What am I saying? They didn’t pay that either. There is no tax on items bought with SNAP (food stamps), which they never paid for either.

      Where do you get off paying so much for what you want? Even if your rate is that high because you’re paying for the other Noo Yawkers who refuse to pay their medical bills, call 911 for an ambulance when they stub their toe, and clog up the emergency rooms with ingrown toenails and common colds.

      How dare you? You greedy so and so. (sarc)

  2. I hope these doctors have good security and homeowners insurance. The progressives will burn their houses down with their family in them if they learn their home addresses.

    Progressive hit list:
    CEO’s and all evil corporate types
    Wall Street Executives
    Bankers
    Insurance Providers
    The Rich (except those who pretend to care, thus insulating their millions from the hoards)
    Republicans
    Conservatives
    Tea Party Participants
    Fox News Owners, Advertisers, Employees and Managers
    Sarah Palin (she gets her own category because their hatred for her is above all others)
    This list could go on for a while, but I’m tired of typing.

    But now we must include….wait for it drum roll please …..Doctors. …… cymbal crash!

  3. I worked for a surgeon about 15 years ago who decided that he would only take cash patients until he retired. You could see almost immediately after his decision that his life was immeasurably easier. His general attitude improved, his paperwork load dwindled to almost nothing, his personal assistants and nurses were in a generally better mood almost from day 1.

    If enough physicians decide that they won’t take Obiecare patients, what will the government do? Will they force doctors to comply? I think that’s where the excrement is going to hit the fan. When Barry tells doctors that the rules have changed and that they HAVE to do what he says… there is going to be a revolution. If I’ve learned anything in the last 20 years in medicine, it’s that getting a doctor to do what you tell him is like herding cats. And trying to force them to do something they don’t want to is going to hurt you a lot more than it will hurt them. Also, if you threaten their wallets, they tend to get really NASTY. This is gonna be worth watching.

  4. captstubby

    brain surgery at a point of a gun,

    i think its covered in the thing nobody read, but passed into law.

  5. The other 23% are gonna be really busy.

    Melly, please get GTFO of New York. Seriously.

  6. The Redneck

    As the old saying goes: that’s not a bug, that’s a feature.

    This will end with healthcare being extremely hard to find, and only in government hands. I find it hard to believe that’s an accident.


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