Friday, January 1, 2010

Mayo Clinic in Arizona to Stop Treating Some Medicare Patients

 Backlash from Obamacare has begun:

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little. 

More than 3,000 patients eligible for Medicare, the government’s largest health-insurance program, will be forced to pay cash if they want to continue seeing their doctors at a Mayo family clinic in Glendale, northwest of Phoenix, said Michael Yardley, a Mayo spokesman. The decision, which Yardley called a two-year pilot project, won’t affect other Mayo facilities in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

Read the full story here.

Mayo Clinic's Dr. Cortese Interview on Health Care 8/3/09:

Doctors are now opting out of Medicare because the government simply pays too little and the direction that this administration is headed in certainly doesn't give much hope for improving the situation.