A new study finds that 75% of California's Obamacare health plans have narrow physician networks -- more limited choices than all but three other states. The latest report examines health plans sold to consumers last year under the Affordable Care Act and shows wide variation in the prevalence of narrow networks across the country. Only Georgia, Florida and Oklahoma had a higher percentage of small provider networks than California did in the insurance company directories analyzed by University of Pennsylvania researchers. Nationwide, 41% of networks were labeled narrow, meaning they included 25% or less of the physicians in a rating area.
by Leslie Michelson | The Daily Beast | August 31, 2015 How to Get Health Care Like the 1% Sovereign Solutions Editor’s Note: This linked article highlights some important health care service points: The importance of patient/customer proactive nature in concerns to individual health. The real need/usefulness of "health care advocates." Per the author, health care advocates are essentially health care quarterbacks. YOU are the GM/general contractor [...]
(...) The suit alleged both systems required employees to go through MedCost for their health benefits. The preferred provider organization plans then artificially inflated benefit expenses by negotiating generous contracts with the hospitals. (…) The suit also alleged inflating charges through the wholly-owned insurance arm harmed employees since it allowed the two systems to overcharge workers for their healthcare. The Labor Department is investigating those charges, the paper said.
Most of the half-dozen I’ve seen also offer well-woman care, such as pap smears, annual physicals, fertility management, hormone analysis, nutritional analysis and treatment, and mental-health referrals. How they are trained and licensed depends on state laws, but all are at least privately trained and licensed by national and international networks that ensure world-class standards of care. Some midwives are also RNs, and almost all also partner with RNs. I see four major benefits to expanding opportunities for midwives to offer their unique style of woman-oriented healthcare. First, it’s low-cost. Second, it creates more flexible health-care arrangements for both providers and clients that greatly increase satisfaction and positive health outcomes. Third, it has the potential to “disrupt” the woman’s health-care industry and thus improve women’s health-care as a whole, with potential also to improve basic health care for everyone. Fourth, the ethos of midwifery is genuinely empowering and life-affirming, to women both individually and holistically, in the context of their whole families.
I know and you certainly know that medical costs are unaffordable. Who doesn’t, really? We all know that something is wrong, except for maybe the resident internet trolls. I might as well add in the politicians and their inextricable crony loser business “interests.” Really, trolls and anti-competitive political losers alike, let’s just agree to ignore them—feeding them attention and respect only permits their terrible and pathetic existence and in fact even empowers and emboldens them. They are suffering and in doing so causing you and me to suffer—if we only stop believing in them, like with a certain fictional fairy, then they will just no longer exist!