Now why is that ?
Is Kalifornia a poor state or the world's 7th largest economy ?
Think about it for a change.
Why isn't Kentucky for instance in a similar strait ?
California Academy Of Family Physicians Offers Emergency Loans To Doctors Facing 10% Medi-Cal Payment Cuts
The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) announced a program to provide loans to members suffering the negative economic effects of the 10% Medi-Cal cut in payments to physicians that took effect July 1.
"We are providing a lifeline to family physicians who otherwise may be forced to turn away Medi-Cal patients or even shut down their practices entirely," said CAFP President Jeffrey Luther, MD. "The State of California's Medi-Cal payments to physicians are the lowest
in the nation. This underpayment threatens the existence of family medicine practices across the state."
Concerned that their patients will have nowhere else to get the health care they need, family physicians are committed to serving indigent and disabled patients whose care is paid for under the Medi-Cal program. "Our compassion has carried us this far," Luther said, "but the State is paying less than it costs us to provide care. Family physicians simply can't afford to continue subsidizing patient care out of our own pockets."
California already is in the midst of a primary care physician shortage as fewer medical students choose family medicine and other primary care specialties. Underpayment is one of the primary deterrents to young physicians. "The Governor and our legislators are escalating the primary care physician shortage crisis by refusing to adequately pay the very doctors who keep Californians healthy," Luther explained. "Family physicians provide preventive care and manage chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. When patients can't find a doctor to care for them, they delay seeking care or they turn to emergency rooms where care is more expensive and a framework for essential continuity of care does not exist."
The Academy's Board of Directors has established a $100,000 fund and is offering $7,500-$10,000 emergency individual loans to assist physicians grappling with the Medi-Cal payment cuts. Available to family physicians for whom Medi-Cal patients comprise at least one-third of their practice, the loans are available immediately.
"It's a sad day for health care when a medical specialty society is paying for health care that's actually the State's responsibility to provide," Luther said. "We call on the Governor and the Legislature to pass a state budget that allows Californians access to essential health care, and we call on our elected leaders to continue their work on comprehensive health care reform."