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John Deering

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  1. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, over 2 years ago

    as most of signups for O’care are being shunted into Medicaid (state responsibility) and Washington state is putting the vast majority into Medicaid and the feds only pay a doctor $4 per visit for Medicaid patients….of course any sane doctor that paid fortunes for a medical education can be expected to stop taking Medicaid patients.

  2. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    That’s a very slow loading 1 Kb file!

  3. martens is REALLY fed up

    martens is REALLY fed up said, over 2 years ago

    I don’t think disgustedtaxpayer meant it so, but her post is a real insult to the physicians I know…and I know a lot of them.

  4. lbalch

    lbalch said, over 2 years ago

    That’s what I want, a Dr. who chose his profession for the monetary rewards.

  5. hphundt

    hphundt GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @lbalch

    I want a doctor smart enough to be able to stay in business. None of my doctors are accepting new Medi-Cal (medicaid) patients; the reimbursement is too little and too late.

  6. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    We are short on doctors to keep up with the added workload of folks signing up for ACA, or so the articles say. However, considering my mom’s doctor being paid by Medicaid and Supplemental for his “visits” (often actually his P.A.s) is getting his full billing between Medicaid and her supplemental, which is paid out of her Social Security check, her only income.


    Workload may be having doctors turning down new patients, the there’s no rationale for saying it’s because they aren’t being paid enough. Now, folks NOT getting SS, or SSI, and without employer assisted health insurance, as in NO insurance? Maybe a little.


    Another point here: while DOCTOR numbers are down, folks aren’t paying attention to how many folks are now seen by Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and others in the “medical community” that insurance companies like because costs are reduced (even though premiums are NOT!).

  7. martens is REALLY fed up

    martens is REALLY fed up said, over 2 years ago

    Of course, we could do something rational like make it possible to go to medical school without having a load of debt when you finish. As I remember, way back when (I’m old) Kentucky had a program for those who wanted to become physicians to get essentially a free medical education if they agreed to work 5 years in the under-serviced and impoverished areas of Kentucky. I don’t think that program is still in effect, but I know a fair number of pre-meds and med students to whom this kind of option would appeal…not least because they go into this profession to serve and be of value to the community, not to make big bucks. I see it in some of my young colleagues who have volunteered globally to serve in places where they are desperately needed. And really, where do you think Doctors without Borders gets people for their programs? There is a tremendous pool of young people (and even some of us old farts who are still able) who want to make a meaningful difference to the world.

  8. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @martens is REALLY fed up

    “I don’t think disgustedtaxpayer meant it so, but her post is a real insult to the physicians I know…and I know a lot of them.”
    -
    All of dt’s posts are intended to express hatred for Obama. Anything beyond that is superfluous.

  9. Fuzzy Thinker (I)

    Fuzzy Thinker (I) GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Seeing a real doctor will become rare. Lots of doctors have decided not to accept any new Medicare patients. They obviously will not be accepting Obama and Medicaid patients.

  10. TJDestry

    TJDestry GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    My doctor is in. Nearly all of the doctors in the region are in, but a couple of minor “stabilize and transport” hospitals have been left out. But that’s not about Obamacare — that’s about insurance companies hoping to sabotage Obamacare.

  11. martens is REALLY fed up

    martens is REALLY fed up said, over 2 years ago

    Tigger, you do not know what you are talking about (as usual). I grew up in Kentucky, I looked into the possibility of participating in that program. I decided that I was not cut out to be a physician and went to grad school instead. Would you kindly realize sometime that you haven’t a clue about other people whom you do not know personally?

  12. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @martens is REALLY fed up

    Mr Deering obviously knows nothing about heath care providers.

  13. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 2 years ago

    Actually this was a fictional movie called Lone Star and it was Texas not Alaska.

  14. martens is REALLY fed up

    martens is REALLY fed up said, over 2 years ago

    Yes, and I have replied there on why I thought that. I didn’t pull it out of thin air (unlike Tigger who is able to pull almost everything out of thin air).

  15. martens is REALLY fed up

    martens is REALLY fed up said, over 2 years ago

    @lonecat

    Thanks, lonecat. I have to admit that it didn’t occur to me that using the word “program” might only mean “TV program” to some people instead of recognizing that I was referring to a state government run program to increase the number of physicians in the state.

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