Why docs couldn’t love Obamacare and what they want in a replacement

dollar_heart-1As we welcome a new president with very different views of healthcare from his predecessor, the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare”, is being replaced. While we do not yet know what its replacement will look like, we can still learn from the ACA’s mistakes to keep history from repeating itself. The instability of the ACA marketplace was not only due to premium hikes and insurance company withdrawals, but also the low number of physicians who accepted the coverage.

In 2016, the number of doctors participating in health plans on public exchanges dipped 4 percent to 57 percent of physicians in “health insurance plans offered in the federal or state exchanges under the ACA,” according to SERMO, a doctor social media network.

Lawmakers can use lessons learned from the ACA to create a more effective, coordinated plan. The first step? Make the plan more attractive to physicians.

By Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum | MedCity News

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