Monday, May 10, 2010

is there a doctor in the house

There's not, you know. Today I called ten doctors and none of them could take us, either because they flat-out don't take Medicaid or because they aren't accepting new Medicaid patients. The latter is what really bothers me. The office staff was all pleased to talk to me (and said they were admitting new patients) and then they heard "Medicaid" and BOOM down came the Gates of Discrimination.

The only places we can get in are Resident-O-Matic clinics, where we never see the same doctor twice, the staff is rude and the wait times are thirty to forty-five minutes in the waiting room and as much again in the examining room. If you do luck out and get a doctor you like, she's gone in a year because she's done with her residency.

It really makes me mad.

I haven't checked recently, but a few years ago over half the children born ithat year n Oklahoma were SoonerCare clients. There's a huge disconnect here, do you see it?

I had an idea for health care. What if all children under 18 got free health care, regardless of income? Just like all children get free education through 12th grade. And just like all adults over 65 get free health care, regardless of income.

Huh? Equalize the playing field a little? Could it work?