More Bad News About Medicaid

People enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP have a hard time finding specialists who will treat them for the low fees Medicaid pays. According to a summary by Fierce Healthcare, a Government Accountability Office report discovered that children enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP had twice as many problems accessing care as children enrolled in private health plans.

More than 44 percent of child enrollees needed additional care coordination, but thirty-seven percent received none, according to the report, which is based on 2007 data.

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  1. Bruce says:

    I am supposed to be surprised at this?

  2. Vicki says:

    Remember, this is what Obama regards as real health insurance, as opposed to all those private plans that “abuse” people all the time.

  3. Devon Herrick says:

    I don’t know why it took a GAO report to find Medicaid enrollees have trouble accessing specialists and finding doctors who will see them. Medicaid pays poorly (only 59% of private payers) and pays nothing for care coordination. Under those conditions, doctors cannot afford to spend time coordinating benefits.

  4. Tom H. says:

    I think that Rick Foster is estimating that 25 million Americans are going to be added to this program under Obama Care.

  5. Jeff says:

    It’s really hard for me to understand why so many liberals want to shove poor people into Medicaid. It’s obviously a second class health care plan.

  6. Manav says:

    I am a Canadian. Not sure why the Americans are so afaird of this. This is how it works here.Everybody can go to the doctor, if they can get one. If they can’t, you have walk in clinics and you see a doctor there. Sure, its preferable to have your own doctor, especially if you have serious issues.Whether you work or not, you still have access to medical care. They don’t kick you out in the street and hospitals don’t choose who comes in. If you are homeless and sick, you still come to the hospital.Secondly, many companies also supply healthcare insurance on top of your free OHIP. (Ontario). Many of these insurances will cover Dental, Vision etc. This is the big expense that people have trouble with including myself. If you do not have additional insurance through your employer and you need to have teeth pulled out, you need to come up with for example: 1,800 for wisdom teeth. Kids are covered for eye tests until 18 I believe. They can go once a year for free checkups. Adults do not get anything free for the eyes not sure about seniors. I think they may have something. I watched Michael Moore’s Sicko documentary and I know he wants to make it dramatic, but I am shocked that this happens next door to us. Unbelievable.