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Calling All Doctors: Health Insurance Exchange Can't Find Clinicians


Written By: Brenda (B.K.) Walker

November 2014

As countless Americans take to the internet to sign up for health insurance, via the Health Insurance Exchange, there may be more of a kink in the system than just a computer glitch. Apparently, because some of the plans offered through the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) may not reimburse at a higher rate, Clinicians might be limiting the number of patients they accept that have these lower reimbursement rates. Although there is no verified data that clinicians are numbering the amount of new patients they accept with lower reimbursement rate plans, there is evidence of an overall shortage of clinicians.

Statisticians have long sounded the alert that a shortage of medical professionals could cripple the health care system. Robert McDonald, the new Secretary of Veteran Affairs, is finding out just how difficult it is to find good help these days. In order to accomplish the restructuring of the system McDonald has initiated, he will need more providers. But the VA is not the only health care system facing this dilemma.

In an interview with NPR, McDonald stated, "The people...told me Florida needs 17,000 more doctors...Janet Napolitano, who leads the University of California...said that California needs 22,000 more doctors."

Read more of the CNBC article: Some doctors wary of taking insurance exchange patients

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