What All the Health Plans Are Missing — Doctors!

By James A. Kidney What if you needed a doctor and there was none?  What if you suspected you had cancer, or suffered a stroke, or had a bad lingering cough, and your doctor could only see you in six or seven weeks? For many, whether you have a good insurance plan or no plan at all, this is the case now. A 2014 study reported the average wait time for an appointment with a family physician was 66 days in Boston, 23 in Seattle, 26 in New York and 19 in Houston. A combination of doctor shortage, overwork and low pay for Medicare and Medicaid patients is driving the growth of “concierge care” in which you pay an annual fee to guarantee you talk to a doctor when you need one.  It is creating a multiple-tier system of care in which many physicians reject Medicare patients, or even all … Read more of this post . . .

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