ObamaCare = more headaches, less healthcare

Friday, November 23, 2012
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (OneNewsNow.com)

An Oklahoma-based physician is questioning the right to healthcare under ObamaCare and the role of physicians who are paid little to provide it.

With President Obama's re-election, many are enthusiastic about their coming access to healthcare. But Dr. Keith Smith, an Oklahoma-based board-certified anesthesiologist, ponders upon the quality of care patients will receive.

Smith, Dr. Keith (Oklahoma)He explains that come 2014, patients will have to prove that they have insurance, or they will be forced to pay a minimum of $95 that will climb to nearly $700 if they choose to opt out. So, he believes many will likely be handed a Medicaid card under ObamaCare.

"Often times, somebody that has a Medicaid card or even a Medicare card in their wallet, they have trouble with access just by virtue of having that card," the anesthesiologist explains. "A lot of physicians are not willing to see Medicare or Medicaid patients due to the hassles … the red tape … the low payments and the price controls that are involved."

Dr. Smith tells OneNewsNow he stopped doing cardiac anesthesia because half of his patients were under Medicare, and payment for his services was far below what it should have been. So, he asserts that more doctors will refuse Medicaid and Medicare patients or be forced by the government to work.

"The people waving their cards saying, I've got insurance -- that doesn't mean that they're going to get care," Smith warns. "If anything, it means they probably will be discriminated against if they have a government card, because there will have to be price controls associated with these new cards."

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