Nice middle class lady, physicians assistant at a local hospital.
“How about that Obamacare? Is it going to destroy the medical field like they say?”
“It’s worse! We have a lot of issues with emergency room, no insurance walk-ins. They get treated, but they need follow up with medications and monitoring and the like. Typically the no-pay cases come in, get treated, feel better, and never come back.
So now we have to call them and schedule them to come in. I’m a skilled medical practitioner with 6 years of education, and I have to be the “scheduler” for the no-pay walk-ins. Aren’t I lucky!
It gets better yet! Only 20% of them show up after I call and beg them to come in for a follow up appointment FOR FREE. They aren’t paying a dime. So now we have to offer them gift cards for 50 dollars to come in for a follow up appointment! For free medical treatment! Everyone else has to pay a co-pay plus health insurance to get medical treatement. We’re PAYING these freebies people to come back for follow-up appointments!”
For real, people. This is a true story told to me from a physician’s assistant working at a hospital in New England.