Hal Scherz Explains the Future Difficulties Of The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act is a serious issue because it diverts $500 billion out of Medicare, so there’s considerably less money available.

The Affordable Care Act is a serious issue because it diverts $500 billion out of Medicare, so there’s considerably less money available.

Editor’s Note from Lisa Wells, the Director of Marketing at UroMed: Many times people with spinal cord injuries are unable to work, which means many of our UroMed clients are on Medicare. Or, if a child has spinal bifida, most of them are on Medicare. These reasons are why UroMed is bringing this issue to our readers. If doctors stop taking Medicare or Medicaid patients, or, if someone has a life-changing event that takes away their ability to work, they may have difficulty finding a doctor who will accept either of these two plans. Part 4 of a 5 part series.

Question: Why is the Affordable Care Act an important issue right now, Dr. Scherz?

Scherz: The Affordable Care Act diverts $500 billion out of Medicare, so there’s considerably less money available to the people on Medicare – less money to reimburse hospitals and care providers and to address the other health care needs that patients have. The Medicare re-investment is scheduled to be slashed even further, up to 30 percent by January 1, 2013. This reason is why doctors are bailing out of Medicare. Right now, only 30 percent of the doctors in this country take Medicaid patients. So, there’s a real problem right now finding doctors who will take Medicaid and Medicare patients, because the reimbursement on Medicaid for services is so incredibly bad. Another problem is that many companies are struggling to pay medical costs for their employees. If employees are dropped from their company funded policies, then they’ll be picked up by Medicaid, according to The Affordable Care Act.

Question: What do we need to expect if the Affordable Care Act is not repealed or changed?

Scherz: You won’t have control over your own health care. The health care you receive will be determined by Washington. Remember that the more control the government has over your health care, the less control you have.

No one will have control over healthcare with the Affordable Care Act.

Docs4Patient Care is worried about the controls over healthcare with the Affordable Care Act.

Question: What is Docs4 Patient Care doing to help solve this problem?

Scherz: We have representatives from Docs4 Patient Care traveling to Washington regularly and interacting with people who are decision makers in Congress to try and get the act repealed or changed in support of patients’ healthcare rights. We’re explaining to the people in Congress the problems we’re having as medical providers, the problems that our patients are having, and why the current health plan needs to be changed. We’re also discussing with them solutions that can fix the problems. We believe that health care is a personal responsibility, and that people should be in charge of their own health care. People need to be healthcare consumers and be able to make decisions for themselves and their families that determine the care they get, based on financial consideration. We believe that if individuals are responsible for spending their money for health care, they’ll be far-more responsible and get far better care than if the government takes their money and spends it on the type of health care that the government thinks they should have.

People should also purchase the insurance that they want themselves, instead of having their employers purchase it for them. We see instances where individuals stay in jobs they don’t like, because the companies provide the insurance. For instance, why should a 60 year old person have to pay for maternity benefits or be covered with maternity benefits, if he or she doesn’t need that type of protection? The individual should be able to pay for the type of coverage they want and not have to pay for medical coverage that they don’t need. If this type of health care is enacted, the price of insurance will go down drastically, especially if individuals are given the same tax breaks that companies are given for providing health care insurance for their employees. If you give individuals incentives for buying insurance, rather than requiring them to have it through a government-managed plan, then they’ll buy insurance.

Another thing that we’ll recommend is torte reforms that will reduce the number of unnecessary tests being run because of doctors who are afraid of being sued for medical malpractice. We’re also in favor of transparency in the medical profession, which means doctors will post their fees. Then individuals become better consumers and can make better choices on what doctors and hospitals provide the best programs for the best price. But, one of the most-serious problems that we see in the future is that Medicaid and Medicare are broke.

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

All photos are taken from www.docs4patientcare.org

Next: Dr. Hal Scherz on the Affordable Care Act’s $27 Trillion of Unfunded Mandates and the Future of Medicare and Medicaid

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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