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November 09, 2013

New Shoe Dropping: "Doc Shock"

"If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period."

As he formulated it in a 2009 speech to the American Medical Association: “[N]o matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.”

...

In the face of media reporting on the high cost of Obamacare-compliant insurance plans, defenders of the law have typically noted that the Congressional Budget Office expected them to be even more expensive.

But one of the main ways insurers contained costs was by stripping down the number of hospitals and doctors that are covered by their plans.

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In August, Modern Healthcare reported on a McKinsey & Co. analysis of 955 Obamacare plan offerings in 13 states, which found that almost half were of “the narrow-network type,” meaning enrollees' choices were restricted and that they would “have limited or no coverage if they seek care outside their plan network.”

There's a lot of anecdotal evidence in the article, which I haven't excerpted.

Mickey Kaus linked this and used the expression "doc shock," which is pretty catchy.


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