Mayo Clinic Refuses To Accept Medicare. What Happens To ObamaCare When The Doctors Refuse To Accept The Low Government Pay?
This is the second time I have written about this same subject.
Obama has used the Mayo Clinic as an example of a place that does it right.
“And that the measure of the quality of care is not quantity, but whether or not it is making you better. Now, what we’ve seen is that there’s some communities and some health systems that do this very well. Mayo Clinic, a classic example. In Rochester, Minnesota. People go there. They– spend about 20-30 percent less than some other parts of the country, and yet have better outcomes.” – ABC News
Once again, the guys who do it best show that ObamaCare is a disaster.
Here is my big concern. When the doctors stop taking Medicare and ObamaCare, what will the liberals do? They can pass laws forcing doctors to accept them or drastically raise prices that they pay doctors. More than likely they will force it.
But for now, the Mayo Clinic told Medicare to go away.
Mayo says the U.S. government does not pay enough to cover the cost of care.
More than 3,000 patients eligible for Medicare, the government’s largest health-insurance program, will be forced to pay cash if they want to continue seeing their doctors at a Mayo family clinic in Glendale, northwest of Phoenix, said Michael Yardley, a Mayo spokesman. The decision, which Yardley called a two-year pilot project, won’t affect other Mayo facilities in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.
Obama in June cited the nonprofit Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio for offering “the highest quality care at costs well below the national norm.” Mayo’s move to drop Medicare patients may be copied by family doctors, some of whom have stopped accepting new patients from the program, said Lori Heim, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, in a telephone interview yesterday.
“Many physicians have said, ‘I simply cannot afford to keep taking care of Medicare patients,’” said Heim, a family doctor who practices in Laurinburg, North Carolina. “If you truly know your business costs and you are losing money, it doesn’t make sense to do more of it.”