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  •  medicaid is not "insurance" (0+ / 0-)

    in the usual sense because it's reimbursement is so low that it does not cover overhead.  Physicians that accept 'caid do so at a loss as a public service, or they are subsidized by another source like a nonprofit hospital or Planned parenthood.  So in the usual terminology from a doctor's standpoint, medicaid works differently than Medicare and private insurers.

    "Hope and fear chase each other's tails." --Buddha

    by Grodge on Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 11:29:52 AM PDT

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    •  not if they are an RHC or FQHC (0+ / 0-)

      and other physicians handle the problem of low Medicaid reimbursement by limiting the number of Medicaid pts. As a matter of fact, most private carriers peg their rates to Medicare's Usual and Customary and there are several private carriers which reimburse at MCD rates  

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