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  •  Certainly it's distressing when (22+ / 0-)

    you have a provider you like and it's no longer available to you.

    Mine moved to another city to take a staff job in a hospital. Thanks, Obama. ;-)

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 08:11:21 AM PST

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    •  My doctors have left me too (10+ / 0-)

      I'll be seeing my third PCP in three years -- same practice, but the other two have left town. Specialists too.

      My mother changed PCPs to one that visits the suburban retirement community where she lives, saving her a trip into the city.

      It is traumatic for some people, especially if they're in the middle of treatment. But as with the "changing insurance plans" thing, the brouhaha is based on the fiction of a nice warm fuzzy 40-year relationship between old-fashioned solo doctor and the entire family of patients. Maybe that happens a few places, but not for most of us.

      •  New PCP every 3 years (3+ / 0-)
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        Why? Because I get care at a teaching hospital and that's how long a family practice residency lasts. Even the post-residency docs will sometimes reduce their patient loads if they are given more teaching and supervisory duties. I've had PCPs I've liked more than others, but at least all my medical records are in one place and I don't have to move them around.

      •  if you are used to living "on the edge" (2+ / 0-)
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        where your insurance comes and goes, you get used to keeping your own health records and not really getting attached to doctors anyway. It's how I grew up and how my mother still operates until she's old enough for medicare.

        How does the Republican Congress sit down with all the butthurt over taxing the wealthy?

        by athenap on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 08:20:53 PM PST

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    •  Thanks Obama? (3+ / 0-)
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      Obama had nothing to do with your provider moving.  That was that person's decision.  Most likely got offered more money at the hospital.  I don't know about you but anytime that I could get a job that was paying considerably more than the one that I had, I moved as well.  Last time that I changed jobs I went from a job that paid $14 and hour to one that offered nearly $20 an hour.  And that's not counting overtime pay.  I'm getting really tired of people blaming Obama for every negative thing that goes on in their lives.  Your provider moving to another job was his or her decision, not Obama's.  Just as the health insurance companies that sold junk insurance are now canceling those policies in an effort to sell to their canceled customers a slightly better policy that will cost them a lot more.  And lock them into it.  Of course they never mention that they can do better on the exchanges.  It's just "gettin" while the "gettin" is good to make more money.  That's not Obama's fault either.  That's the health insurance companies trying to grab more money before the ACA goes into effect.  I'm just getting really tired of people blaming Obama for things over which he has absolutely no control.  That's stuff that's done by private businesses.  And corporate America will do everything and anything it can to keep up that bottom line.  That's all that they care about.  Not humans.  

      I'll believe that corporations are people when Texas executes one

      by Arriba on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 07:19:07 PM PST

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    •  Has this been any better before ACA? (2+ / 0-)
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      I have had to lose access to certain doctors because some insurance carriers were impossible to file papers with and I happened to be on those carriers.

      I've lost one doctor/clinic because those doctors decided that all insurance companies were a pain and not worth supporting.

      I've lost a clinic where I had a great trusted PA and Doc who went full urgent care and my insurance kept raising rates on urgent care.

      Even if I had to change doctors based on the ACA …how is it different if I had to choose new doctors or clinics for the HIX plans as opposed to what I've had to do many times before?

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      by sacrelicious on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 10:22:31 PM PST

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      •  There's absolutely no difference (1+ / 0-)
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        I've been trying to understand the mechanism of these tight provider lists, and I am starting to suspect in part the companies intentionally try to create a shortage of doctors to keep people from seeking care.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 06:14:11 AM PST

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