When it rains, it pours: An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in California are refusing to participate in the state’s health insurance exchange, according to the head of the state’s largest medical association.
Via The Washington Examiner: “It doesn’t surprise me that there’s a high rate of non-participation,” said Dr. Richard Thorp, president of the California Medical Association (CMA), the organization representing 38,000 of the roughly 104,000 doctors in California.
Thorp, who has been a primary care doctor for 38 years in a small town 90 miles north of Sacramento, said:
“We need some recognition that we’re doing a service to the community. But we can’t do it for free. And we can’t do it at a loss. No other business would do that.”
Thorp’s simple – and correct – observation is one that seems to allude the grasp of Barack Obama and the myriad (albeit a dwindling number) of ObamaCare supporters: Businesses are in business to make money. Period. Yes, they can be of service to the public – and do “good stuff” – but they are still in business to make a profit.
Dr. Theodore M. Mazer, a San Diego ear, nose and throat doctor, explains the problem in the not-so-Golden State:
“In other states, Medicare pays doctors $76 for return-office visits. But in California, Medi-Cal’s reimbursement is $24. In other states, doctors receive between $500 to $700 to perform a tonsillectomy. In California, they get $160.”
Is it any wonder Cali docs are running from ObamaCare like it’s the plague?