Thursday, May 1, 2008

Local Doctors' Actions Reflect Nationwide Trend

by T.M. Shultz at the Daily Courier
Saturday, April 26, 2008

What primary care doctors are doing in the Prescott area reflects what primary care doctors are doing across the country.

They are:

• Retiring.

• Changing careers.

• Not taking new patients.

• Converting to cash-only practices.

• Refusing to accept new Medicare patients or dumping them when they reach a certain age or, in at least one case, opting out of the Medicare payment system altogether.

• Limiting the insurance they'll take to one or two major companies. In Prescott, it's typically Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Arizona Foundation for Medical Care, which is a provider network for Yavapai Regional Medical Center's employees.

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