Ridiculous Study of the Week: Medicaid Payment

You are not going to believe this but lower Medicaid fees are linked to scarcer primary care appointments.  Crazy, right?  It amazes me that they had to do a study to prove this.  The recent study alluded to, in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that “when the fees paid to healthcare providers by Medicaid go up, appointments with primary care doctors suddenly become more available to Medicaid beneficiaries – and the opposite happens when fees go down”.  You don’t say?  So is this saying that doctors are greedy?  I don’t think so.  I just think doctors feel they should be paid for their time and when the payment get’s so ridiculously then you are forcing them to give care for free. And they start pushing back.  It is all just basic human nature. Before you judge us let me ask you this: If you are not a doctor, would you enjoy being forced by the government to do something that loses you money?  I didn’t think so.

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