Westfield Republican, March 3, 2016
by Dr. Joel Potash, Syracuse
In response to the letter from Terry Clark about ObamaCare (the Affordable Care Act), as a physician I differ with Dr. Clark.
Nine million citizens have been enrolled under the Affordable Care Act, leaving some 30-40 million without health insurance for whatever reason. Cleveland Clinic or any hospitals refusing patients under the act should be ashamed of themselves. The doctor-patient relationship was damaged long before the ACA, with many doctors seeking higher paid specialties over primary care, where the major needs for physicians are. (Note: in England's national health care system, primary care physicians receive the highest reimbursements.) Good physicians advocate for their patients, whether they self-pay, are in Medicaid or Medicare, or have private insurance. Medicaid in New York has allowed physicians to care for medically indigent patients in a more respectful and competent way -?although reimnbursement may be a problem