Medi-Cal cuts in California pose threat to public health


Medi-Cal cuts in California pose threat to public health

California's planned cuts in Medi-Cal reimbursement rates could jeopardize the heath of numerous children and families in the state, experts warned.

A federal court ruling earlier this month allowed California to go on with its plans to make cuts in the Medi-Cal rates, which means lower reimbursements to doctors.

The doctors who take low-income Medi-Cal patients are getting reimbursed for providing health services at 1985 rates. Evaluation suggests that reimbursements being give to Californian doctors are among the lowest in the country.

According to the California Medical Association, the proposed 10 per cent rate cuts implies that doctors will get only $11 per Medi-Cal patient visit in reimbursements, while costs to provide the medical service plus overhead costs are three times more than that.

Dr. William Lewis, former president of the Santa Clara County Medical Association, had said last summer, "If they can get established with a physician at all, they have to wait much longer for an appointment and as a result, they are going to the emergency room for routine care that clogs up the ER."

Speaking about the plight of Medi-Cal patients, Dr. Lewis had also warned that adding more people to the scheme without adding doctors would only make the situation ever worse.


Latest News

Clean Energy Research to get Historic Investment during the United Nations
Investors Keenly Wait for OPEC Meeting; Oil Prices Move Up a Little
Amazon Testing Drones in Multiple International Locations
NextEra Agrees to Sell Two Texas Power Plants to Luminant
China’s Yuan Could be Named a Reserve Currency by the IMF
Rupert Murdoch Tweets Tribune Probably Selling Los Angeles Times
Black Friday Shopping “Uninspiring” in Brick and Mortar Stores; Shopping Trends
U.S. Crude Drops Further Due to Surplus Supply
CVC and CPPIB Outbid Others for a Possible Deal to Buy Petco for $4.7 Billion
US Government All Set to Introduce a New Law for Americans “Seriously Delinquent
Reportedly Pfizer Plans to Acquire Allergan in a Deal of $150 Billion or More
In October Most States Experienced a Drop in Unemployment Rate