All of my physicians have notified me that are no longer accepting my Ohio Obamacare insurance. The office personal said I must find another physician as they cannot accept cash payment (which I was willing to pay) since I am covered under Obamacare. I am still under the care of my surgeon and physical therapist for shoulder replacement. I needed prescriptions from my general physician and was told the same thing, which has left me without medications while I try to find doctors that will accept a new patient and one with Obamacare. Thank you
If a doctor doesn't accept ObamaCare (doesn't accept Medicaid or a private Marketplace plan), then you shouldn't use that practice. Private practices can turn you away in non-emergencies but public practices can't. Furthermore, a provider and services must be in-network for your cost sharing for non-emergency services to count.
A doctor can turn you away based on your insurance type, even if you are willing to pay out of pocket, as long as it isn't an emergency and they are a private practice... This isn't a legal thing where your doc really wants to help but can't, this is your doctor refusing you because you have "ObamaCare". If that feels like discrimination to you... that is pretty reasonable actually. Just remember, they aren't discriminating against you, but rather just the insurance type.
The above said, this isn't a simple issue. You should always contact your healthcare carrier to clarify this.
We have heard stories of clinics across America "discriminating" against "ObamaCare patients", so always glad for insight into what is actually happening. Would love to get more points of view on what is happening and what these means below.
"The Hippocratic Oath is one of the oldest binding documents in history. Written in antiquity, its principles are held sacred by doctors to this day: treat the sick to the best of one's ability, preserve patient privacy, teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation, and so on." - PBS