Job well done.
The doctors who still take low-income Medi-Cal patients are reimbursed for their services at 1985 rates, among the lowest in the nation. They certainly can't afford to have those reimbursement rates cut again just before 900,000 more children enter the Medi-Cal system in 2014 as health care reform is implemented.
The California Medical Association has said that the proposed 10 percent rate cuts will mean that doctors will be reimbursed only $11 per Medi-Cal patient visit even though it costs three times that to provide the service and meet overhead costs. Consider what Dr. William Lewis, past president of the Santa Clara
County Medical Association, told this newspaper last summer about the plight of Medi-Cal patients:
"If they can get established with a physician at all, they have to wait much longer for an appointment and as a result, they are going to the emergency room for routine care that clogs up the ER. This is clearly going to get worse if you're adding people without adding doctors."
We are asking the Legislature and Governor Brown not to implement Medi-Cal rate reductions. They would be especially cruel now that many previously uninsured Californians finally can participate in Medi-Cal, when health care reform is phased in during the coming year.
Liz Figueroa: Medi-Cal cuts in California threaten children's and families' health - San Jose Mercury News