These moves leave patients out in the cold, and squeezed for the costs of health care the plans aren’t covering. The popular news media and scientific literature have been filled with stories lately about narrow networks. Here’s a roundup.
- Georgia – 83 percent
- Florida – 79 percent
- Oklahoma – 78 percent
- California – 75 percent
- Texas – 73 percent
- Arizona – 73 percent
- 73 percent of the doctors see more Medicaid patients because insurance companies don’t provide enough primary care or specialty physicians for their patients.
- 65 percent see more patients in the emergency department, in large part because health insurance companies don’t provide enough primary care physicians to support the community.
- 60 percent have difficulty finding specialists for their patients, because of narrow networks.
- More than 80 percent treat patients who said they had difficulty finding specialists to care for them because health plans have narrow networks.
This so-called report is nothing more than a desperate smoke screen to divert attention from the real problem. The health insurance industry games the system to keep more of patients’ premium dollars by forcing patients to seek care out of network. Then they have the gall to criticize what some doctors’ bill for that care.