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Thousands of doctors fired by United HealthCare

Those letters were sent out to doctors caring for 'Medicare Advantage' patients.

It's a plan, marketed to Seniors to provide additional services through UnitedHealthCare.

A mix of primary care and specialty doctors are affected by it. And it comes at a questionable time.

Open enrollment for Medicare starts next Tuesday, and it's still not clear at this time as to which doctors are still in the United network.

The Connecticut State Medical Society is fighting back. The biggest concern is patient access to healthcare.

"What the government is looking for is to manage better care by adding a patient centered medical home so that you have a doctor who is totally invested with taking care of every aspect of the patient and coordinating it. This is clearly not a patient centered decision," said Dr. Michael Saffir, President of CT State Medical Society.

Dr. Saffir says the State Medical Society is in contact with UnitedHealthcare. They are also asking doctors to call United to find out why they were terminated without cause as notified in the letter.

He recommends that Seniors affected by this should call the office of the HealthCare Advocate of Connecticut.

United Healthcare's spokesperson is sending News 8 a statement which has not yet been received.

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SteveMT's picture

Welcome to the desert of Obamacare reality.

[Luke 4:23] Physician heal thyself has a new dire meaning these days.

Great Story - Man shops for medical deal and succeeds

Michael Shopenn of Boulder, Colorado is 67 years old, self-employed and an active athlete. He needed a hip replacement and tried to get it done on the open market in the USA. He got the runaround and instead he took his hard-earned money to Belgium where he was able to not only pay for the surgery in cash but got better service at 1/4th the cost.

We will NEVER have a functioning system until we take out the middlemen such as Aetna, Kaiser, etc...


"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

They were not fired.

Their contracts were cancelled. Isn't everyone complaining about how the insurance companies are controlling healthcare and driving costs up? Well if that's true then consider it this way, that these doctors were "freed" from their binds to United.

There might be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Not all seniors are sick and dying, no matter what the government tells anyone. What would preclude a senior citizen, or any other citizen for that matter, telling the doctor they want to keep him/her as their physician, and ask how much he/she would charge for an office visit?

We might find doctors more than willing to participate in the free market.

From experience - I am telling you - you will run into a wall

I live in CT and am on a HSA.

Until you have done this and gone this route - you have no idea just how effed up the system is.

1. The MRI company was the only one able to tell me what they were going to charge me BEFORE they did the MRI. And that turned out to be wrong - go figure.
2. Every other DR wouldn't even ATTEMPT to give me a price. And even after I got bills - the bills changed. Not to mention - you pretty much had to spend half a day matching paperwork, doing a spreadsheet, killing a chicken by the full moon and cooking a salamander to have any idea if you were charged correctly(which of course you really don't know ever - since you have no starting point)

Being on an HSA is essentially paying cash - oh but not really. Take the MRI.
The cost of one MRI would have been 6000.00 - but wait - you have xyz insurance - yes - BUT - I am HSA and am nowhere near my deductible so I am paying for the service - yeh - but just because you are with xyz - we are only going to charge you the negotiated rate of 1500. Umm - ok - so you are only charging me 1500 - and xyz in not giving you a dime - that is correct. Then why not just charge 1500 to everyone?

Then you will hear the most dreaded words - we have to code it this way.

Talking to DR.s and AP departments and receptionist is literally like being in a bad Laurel and Hardy skit. It really is that painful.

But hey - when I bring my car in to get services they are required by law to post hourly rates, give a written estimate(which cannot be exceeded) and so on. But for going to the DR. - good luck getting any answers - never mind a written estimate.

Your example shows

just how screwed up the system has become. My example dealt with doctors who know you don't carry insurance, but are willing to quote a fee for an office visit (they're around). It's the free market at work, not the lopsided, insurance company codes, realms of paperwork system we have now.

Need an MRI, shop out patient clinics and hospitals. We are all going to have to become better negotiators, either they want the money or they don't. If they don't, we'll find someone who does. We shouldn't have to accept or be happy with crumbs.

The shit has hit the fan.

Big phama is now in control of you.