Dr. Hal Scherz Tells You How to Stay Informed On Your Future Medical Care

Editor’s Note: Dr. Hal Scherz, a pediatric urologist in Atlanta, Georgia is the co-founder of an organization called Docs4 Patient Care. “We are an organization of concerned physicians committed to the establishment of a healthcare system that preserves the sanctity of the relationship between doctors and patients, promotes quality of care, supports affordable access to all Americans and protects patients’ freedom of choice,” Dr. Scherz explains. After holding a national meeting in 2011 where 22 states’ doctors were represented, Docs4 Patient Care will hold a national meeting in late summer, 2012. Docs4 Patient Care encourages all interested individuals to become a part of the organization. Part 3 of a 5 part series.

Click here to watch doctors from Docs 4 Patient Care on Fox News.

Doctors and patients are encouraged to join this initiative.

Doctors and patients are encouraged to join this initiative.

Question: Is Docs4 Patient Care planning to continually update its webpage (www.docs4patientccare.org) on how the Affordable Care Act will affect all of us, and the services, medicine and rehab we can get or not get, because of this?

Scherz: Absolutely. Our website has become one of the most read websites in the policy community and in the political community. The site is updated almost daily with stories you don’t really hear about in the mainstream media. We are reviewing all the information being distributed and putting up articles about what patients need to be aware of concerning the changes taking place in health care. Plus, Docs4 Patient Care also generates its own articles, and I’m writing a weekly column at http://www.townhall.com. This site is devoted to explaining healthcare issues.

Question: If I’ve been in a wheelchair for 10 years, how is the Affordable Care Act going to affect me and my doctor?

Scherz: The Affordable Care Act states that there will be insurance exchanges, and these insurance exchanges will have certain doctors who participate in these exchanges. Your doctor may not be a part of the insurance exchange of which you’re a part. The Affordable Care Act says that you can keep your private insurance and keep your doctor, but this is not true. If your doctor doesn’t participate in the exchange that you’re in, then you won’t be able to keep your doctor. Also, there’s a trend in this country for doctors to drop patients or not take patients who are on Medicaid or Medicare. The reason that doctors are refusing to see Medicare and Medicaid patients is because the government is cutting the amount of federal money that doctors can be paid through these two programs. They have become so difficult to deal with that it’s actually coasting the physician money to see these patients, and they can’t afford to see patients without being compensated. They can’t cover their costs with the amount of money that Medicaid and Medicare are providing.

Docs 4 Patient Care believes that the government should not control healthcare.

Docs 4 Patient Care believes that the government should not control healthcare.

Question: If I was on Medicare, you were my doctor, and you decided not to take Medicare patients any longer, what would happen to me?

Scherz: That’s a great question. You might have a difficult time finding a doctor who would take Medicare or Medicaid. I have a friend here in Atlanta who is an adult urologist. This doctor has had patients coming in regularly, crying because their primary care doctors have dropped them, and no longer are taking Medicaid or Medicare patients. She’s also had patients complaining that they’re new Medicare patients and can’t find other doctors to take them. This problem is huge and is occurring around the country. No longer does a Medicaid or a Medicare card insure that you can get medical care. You may not be able to find a doctor you like who takes patients insured by either one of these government programs.

To learn more, go to www.docs4patientcare.org. You also can learn more about Docs4 Patient Care by going to YouTube and watching www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvDiFraglHM.

All photos were taken from docs4patientcare.org

Tomorrow: Dr. Hal Scherz Explains How Bad the Future of the Affordable Care Act Is

About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at http://www.nighthawkpublications.com

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