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Affordable Care Act: Primary care docs will get paid more

Today national Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius laid out the latest proposal to increase people’s access to family doctors and clinics.  Already primary care physicians seeing Medicare patients are being paid more thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  Under this rule those increased payments will also extend to physicians seeing Medicaid patients starting next year.  When I speak on the Affordable Care Act I often get a question about what we are doing to support primary care doctors and family practitioners since they are the often under-appreciated backbone of our health care system.  This is one way.

5 Comments


  1. Alex O'Connor

    May 9, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I have the greatest respect for Primary Care Providers. I know my Doctor does it because she cares a lot. She and her partners listen and try to keep looking until they find answers. My Doctor was the one who spotted my MS on my yearly exam. She is a good at diagnosing so many things. These providers are the gate way to a complex system of specialist. Each Specialist is myopic and only sees the patient through their area of expertise. Heaven help us if we had to choose which kind of specialist to see for any group of symptoms. The result would be time consuming, costly, and inefficient.

    Our medical system is too specialized. The PCP is one of the strengths bringing common sense back to medicine. I salute my PCPs both Doctors and PAs.

  2. Frank Burns

    May 10, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I don’t understand this post. Are supposed to feel better that Doctors will now charge us more money, thanks to Obamacare?

  3. david esmay

    May 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Insurance companies and the uninsured drive health care costs Frank.

  4. Alex

    May 10, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    That’s incorrect david. Heathcare providers set the rates and make the charges. The insurance companies then have to pay the bills on behalf of the patients.

  5. Charlotte Grey

    May 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I would love to see the consumer-patient public be a lot more educated on their rights as patients. Would love to STOP hearing : “well if you have surgery there’s just a chance you are going to get an infection” “well you just can’t sue a Dr or Hospital or whoever treated you because YOU have to prove EVERYTHING” I had a simple out patient surgery on 8-18-10, a Ulnar Nerve Decompression, the nerve in my elbow was causing great pain and numbness, there is a 1% chance of this surgery becoming complicated. Due to the negligence of the hospital, the Neuro Surgeon, Cipro, the PA, the 2 Rheumatology Dr’s, I have lived in H___ for over 20 months, the things I am going to list are all things that I did NOT have wrong with me prior to 8-18-10 and had I been informed about the Side Effects of Cipro, had I known just how bad the infection was, you see I was one of those uninformed, uneducated, cunsumer-patient-public who trusted the Medical System. NO MORE… I have choronic tears of tendons, tendinosis of tendons, advanced osteoarthritis of R hip joint, bone one bone contact R hip, large amount of fluid, loose bone fragments, NOW I require a R Hip Replacement and am being sent to Duke Rheumatology to see if anyone can determine what is wrong with & what is degenerating my joints. I want to help the public to be vigilant and a consumer who looks out for their own health thru education and help give them the means to educated themselves, I want to STOP what has happened to me and STOP those who seem to think that ‘well, this is just how the medical system works” NO it’s not, and now I am on a mission.

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