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Jilted: We No Longer Accept Your Health Insurance

Jilted: We No Longer Accept Your Health Insurance

Dear patients on insurance company X: I am very sorry to give you the bad news: effective immediately, we are no longer providers on your medical insurance plan. I am sorry about this because many of my favorite patients are on your insurance plan. It will miss seeing you. I am also sorry because this makes your already short list of possible doctors even shorter, making it much harder for you to get good care. There is a reason there aren’t many doctors on your plan: it just doesn’t pay enough to be worth it. I suspect that some of you must feel jilted, like you just got an unexpected “Dear John” letter. I hate giving this sudden bad news; I’ve been with many of you for more than 10 years, walking alongside of you through sickness and pain, births and deaths, sadness and joy.  But what I hate the most is that all of this is happening because of money; it makes me feel selfish or petty. Please believe that we did everything we could to avoid this situation. Here are the things that drove us to this hard decision: 1. Your insurance was already paying us significantly less than average, and now wants to pay us even less. 2. Your insurance also requires us to do far more paperwork than most. 3. Their referral process is very complicated and frustrating. As a primary care doctor, I make my living by what I get paid for office visits.  We don’t do a lot of procedures, we don’t see people in the hospital, and we don’t own a lab to make us...
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