*Unless the hospital your doctor works in closes due to my lousy piece of legislation.
The fourth Georgia hospital in two years is closing its doors due to severe financial difficulties caused by Obamacare’s payment cuts for emergency services.
The Lower Oconee Community Hospital is, for now, a critical access hospital in southeastern Georgia that holds 25 beds. The hospital is suffering from serious cash-flow problems, largely due to the area’s 23 percent uninsured population, and hopes to reopen as “some kind of urgent care center,” CEO Karen O’Neal said.
Many hospitals in the 25 states that rejected the Medicaid expansion are facing similar financial problems. Liberal administration ally Think Progress has already faulted Georgia for not expanding Medicaid as Obamacare envisioned.
I attended a conference this week, and learned that many of the hospitals my Company works with have discovered that it works out favorably for them to pay the premium for an uninsured person's Obamacare, than to simply treat the patient as uninsured.
In the old days, an uninsured person would come in to the ER, get treatment, and leave. The hospital would them hope for cash from the Feds to help offset the loss. Today, they now pay for that uninsured person when they check in, and then bill the insurance carrier for the services provided. We aren't really bending the cost curve that that point, only taking the money from a differnt pocket in the same pants.
What a miserable failure Obamacare is.