Uncategorized

NC Medicaid Primary Care Docs: 18% fee increase January 1

operation game

Pediatricians, family docs, internists, family practices:  These are the physicians who see people at the front end of our health system.  They are often not only the closest to the patients they serve but also are the best-equipped to prevent minor health care problems from turning into major ones.  Primary care doctors serve the whole patient and are the necessary strong foundation of any rational health care system – just ask any parent of a child with a nasty ear infection being seen on Saturday at short notice by the pediatrician the family has known for years.

Of course, our health care system being what it is, we pay these primary care doctors much less than we pay specialists. Heck, even that old favorite Milton-Bradley board game, Operation, pays “specialists” twice as much or more for performing the same procedure as the regular old “doctor”!  But now, thanks to Obamacare, we are starting to recognize the value of a health system focused on primary care and disease prevention and not just the latest technological wonder drug or device.

In NC, primary care docs who see poor Medicaid patients are going to get a significant jump in what we pay for their services. [The Kaiser Family Foundation released a report on this today.]  They aren’t going to get rich – we are just raising their pay to the same level that the Medicare program pays them to see older adults – but at least it is a start on recognizing their importance to our health care system.

Check Also

Senator Richard Burr: Makes up his own facts about NC Medicaid in order to criticize it

North Carolina’s Senator Burr used to be a ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the North Carolina GOP drew unconstitutionally racially ger [...]

As the N.C. House puts together its budget this week, the same thought is on the minds of representa [...]

Wednesday was the 63rd anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, the milestone U.S. Sup [...]

So, the question as always comes down to one of vision. The elected chieftains who decide how much m [...]

2.8 billion---amount in dollars of needs in communities across the state for rebuilding efforts from [...]

The post Crumbs appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

In the past few months, North Carolinians have seen our General Assembly make national news several [...]

Featured | Special Projects

Trump + North Carolina
In dozens of vitally important areas, policy decisions of the Trump administration are dramatically affecting and altering the lives of North Carolinians. This growing collection of stories summarizes and critiques many of the most important decisions and their impacts.
Read more


HB2 - The continuing controversy
Policy Watch’s comprehensive coverage of North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law.
Read more