Do you remember the dire predictions of life as we know it coming to an end when
we instated Obamacare?
Specifically, do you remember anticipating a doctor shortage?
Especially because it was anticipated that those who took advantage of the new
health reform law would be the sickest of the sick?
According to an NBC News report by Maggie Fox a couple of weeks ago:
“In fact, visits appear to be down slightly over 2013, before 9 million people or more gained fresh insurance under the 2010 Affordable Care Act….with the exception of pediatrics, all specialties are seeing lower new patient visit rates in 2014 compared to 2013…when they looked at tests, diagnoses and other data from the doctor visits, the [study] team found little evidence that people were coming in with, say, diabetes that had not been treated for years. In fact, the new patients seemed healthier, if anything…For example, the rate of diabetes in 2013 among established patients was 9.4 percent compared with 5.3 percent for new patients….”
The report raised some interesting reasons for why these differences are being seen:
1. As the primary healthcare landscape is changing, perhaps more folks are going to
Urgent Care facilities and, therefore, are not being captured in the data by typical
primary care physicians; AND
2. Some of the new patients that primary care doctors are seeing may NOT be new to
insurance. They may be new to that doctor because of a CHANGE in insurance due to
a Qualifying Event such as a job change, a move, or a change in network.
So, we want to know: what are you seeing at your doctor’s office and within your network?
Have you found it harder to get an appointment with your primary care physician?
Are you new, or newly returning, to the health insurance marketplace?
Are there folks in your network that are still uninsured and looking for insurance,
especially as we approach the next open enrollment period in a couple of months?
Please share your answers in the comments section below or on our social network channels.
Of course, if you or anyone you know is in need, please call us at 877.789.5831 or complete
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