“While open enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is closed, many of the newly insured are finding they can’t find doctors, landing them into a state described as ‘medical homelessness.’
…former patients are coming back to the clinic begging for help. ‘They’re coming back to us now and saying I can’t find a doctor, ‘said Nguyen.
Thinn Ong was thrilled to qualify for a subsidy on the health care exchange. She is paying $200 a month in premiums. But the single mother of two is asking, what for?
‘Yeah, I sign it. I got it. But where’s my doctor? Who’s my doctor? I don’t know,’ said a frustrated Ong.
Nguyen said the newly insured patients checked the physicians’ lists they were provided and were told they weren’t accepting new patients or they did not participate in the plan.
Dr. Kevin Grumbach of UCSF called the phenomenon ‘medical homelessness,’ where patients are caught adrift in a system woefully short of primary care doctors.
…Those who can’t find a doctor are supposed to lodge a complaint with state regulators, who have been denying the existence of a doctor shortage for months.
Meanwhile, the sick and insured can’t get appointments.
‘What good is coverage if you can’t use it?’ Nguyen said.
Experts said the magnitude of the problem is growing, and will soon be felt by all Californians. But those on the front lines, like the free clinic, are feeling it first.
More than 3 million Californians are newly insured. At the same time, a third of our primary care doctors are set to retire. “
Oh, who could have possibly seen this coming? Oh wait…
Yet again: We’re now seeing first-hand the contents of this “we-have-to-pass-it-to-find-out-what’s-in-it” fiasco. Health insurance is not health care. The economically ignorant and those easily swayed by emotional arguments have voted in this debacle. And continue to support it. Meanwhile, the greatest medical system ever is staggering under the ever increasing load. At the current ACA-caused rates of increase, our rather puny catastrophic health insurance coverage is set to cost us$85,000 per year within 15 years. Per person.
But hey, “even if it bankrupts America, it’s our moral obligation to provide everyone with health insurance.” Right?