So who cares that physicians aren’t getting reimbursed by Medicare or Medicaid for their services? You may even think that it doesn’tÂ affect you as a privateÂ or insured patient. I have some bad news for you. Those 4.5 employees that each physician needs to handle the added requirements mandated by the government need to be paid somehow. So what really happensÂ is the overall cost of providing care is “shifted” to those that can pay. This probably means you and me. So rather than paying a physician $70.00 for an office visit, you pay $117.50. This helps cover the costs associated with the necessary staff to keep the office open, the physicians paid,Â and the government satisfied. Name one other profession where half the people whoÂ receive the goods or services cost shift their portion to the others.
About Richard Edgerly, MD
I am a board-certified (not that it matters), Family Medicine physician who practices in rural Washington State. I am the owner of Assurance Healthcare and Counseling Center in the city of Yakima.
Always appreciating what a little humor does to refresh the soul, I have also written a collection of stories about events that have occurred over the years in my practice, and I hope that they will also make you laugh (see Just a Spoonful of Laughter Helps the Medicine Go Down).