having insurance and seeing doctor? maybe not
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While open enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is closed, many of the newly insured are finding they can’t find doctors, landing them into a state described as “medical homelessness.”
Rotacare, a free clinic for the uninsured in Mountain View, is dealing with the problem firsthand.
Mirella Nguyen works at the clinic said staffers dutifully helped uninsured clients sign up for Obamacare so they would no longer need the free clinic.
But months later, the clinic’s former patients are coming back to the clinic begging for help. “They’re coming back to us now and saying I can’t find a doctor, “said Nguyen.
Thinn Ong was thrilled to qualify for a subsidy on the health care exchange. She is paying $200 a month in premiums. But the single mother of two is asking, what for?
“Yeah, I sign it. I got it. But where’s my doctor? Who’s my doctor? I don’t know,” said a frustrated Ong.
Nguyen said the newly insured patients checked the physicians’ lists they were provided and were told they weren’t accepting new patients or they did not participate in the plan.
And Nguyen says – while the free clinic isn’t technically supposed to be treating former patents they signed up for insurance, they can’t in good faith turn them away.
Dr. Kevin Grumbach of UCSF called the phenomenon “medical homelessness,” where patients are caught adrift in a system woefully short of primary care doctors.
“Insurance coverage is a necessary but not a sufficient condition to assure that people get access to care when they need it,” Grumbach said.
Those who can’t find a doctor are supposed to lodge a complaint with state regulators, who have been denying the existence of a doctor shortage for months.
Meanwhile, the sick and insured can’t get appointments.
“What good is coverage if you can’t use it?” Nguyen said.
Experts said the magnitude of the problem is growing, and will soon be felt by all Californians. But those on the front lines, like the free clinic, are feeling it first.
More than 3 million Californians are newly insured. At the same time, a third of our primary care doctors are set to retire


as if that's not bad enough, kids in school for medical fields are dropping out to other non medical careers at astounding rates. my son was one of them, he said about a forth dropped out before he did.

it will be a typical government move like the army guaranteeing training of your choice. just not that will be your job after training. you are now guaranteed to be able to have insurance, just not a doctor to take it.

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HMJC commented on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 08:28 AM

This sentiment has seemed to be a common element of Wonderboys hallmark legislation. When you strip away all of the emotion it comes down to the medical community refusing to swallow the bitter pill of the healthcare act. That is where the legislation ha always been flawed; the expectation of blind obedience from the insurance and healthcare community. To put things in perspective; I don't think there is one person on this site that would be okay with being told; "I know you used to make $20 and hour but now I expect you to accept $15 and provide more services". The administration rolled the dice and came up snake eyes. It really does not matter how many have signed up if there is no place to use your new found "benefit". What has always vexed me a little is the concept that people that used to use the free clinics and Medicaid due to financial situations is somehow now magically able to spend money even with subsidies to have their own "quality" plan and can now afford it.

That is what has been the issue from the inception of this lame duck. No matter how you slice it the majority of those who could not afford healthcare has not changed dramatically. What has changed is the forced contributions of Americans who before had a personal choice to as whether or not they purchased insurance. I am not saying that is the best choice but that is no longer a choice.

Why you ask? The only way to remotely fund this debacle is to continue to tax the hell out of the 54% of Americans that have a full time job. Remember the "Medicare" allusion that the savings in efficiencies will fund the bulk of the program? How's that worked out for you so far...

The reality unfortunately is this mess has been put into effect regardless of its countless flaws. The Dems know that the GOP will not completely strike down "wondercare" as it would further add negative connotations to a party still in flux.

Some things will change I hope as at the current rate, those who did not want or need "wondercare" are the ones paying for it..

HMJC commented on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 12:32 PM

It seems our great state is on the wrong end of the statistics; Irony anyone???


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