Can't Find a Doctor who takes medicaid

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Soiled Undergarments

Cookeville, TN

#1 Dec 12, 2012
Depending on your state, Medicare and Medicaid generally pay about 15% to 45% or less of “real world” medical fees. If the physician makes ANY error in billing — and we’re talking about, for example, billing $100.49 versus $100.47 — the physician is subject to a $2,000 civil fine per bill sent. If the feds choose to get nasty, the assumption is that all similar bills have the same error (“a systematic program of fraud”) and thus the RICO statutes are invoked, calling for TRIPLE DAMAGES — all of which together can push a fine into the million dollar range very quickly.

Physicians, pharmacies, and hospitals currently are owed in excess of FOUR BILLION dollars by the state government. The whole situation is pathetic — yet the new healthcare reform bill will be moving MILLIONS more patients on the bankrupt Medicaid roles.

It gets worse: while it technically is against Federal law for a hospital to treat a “Medicare eligible” patient without billing Medicare, in 1993 a Federal District court ruled that this point was moot because Congress never published regulations governing prosecution — and STILL has not done so, most likely on purpose — so that no one knew exactly what would happen if a hospital (or a physician, for that matter) did try to operate openly outside of Medicare.
Policy Maker

Cookeville, TN

#2 Dec 12, 2012
The best course of action under Mr. Obama's Medicale Care is Don't Get Sick.

“John Averitt is a molester.”

Since: Nov 08


#3 Dec 17, 2012
It's hard for some of us to find one that takes quality life insurance. I'm happy they dont take medicaid.

Stuart, FL

#4 Dec 19, 2012
Mercy Clinic

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