NYT Report: Obamacare beginning to overwhelm healthcare providers

Dave Guttman

The New York Times ran an interesting story March 30 about how medical clinics have already begun to feel “growing pains” associated with an influx of newly-insured patients as a result of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”

In the story, Abby Goodnough reports that in Kentucky alone, more than 350,000 people – about eight percent of the state’s population – have signed up for coverage. Insurers and medical providers are reporting steady demand from the newly covered, ranging from basic checkups to complex surgical procedures.

The result: Employees of clinics like those of Kentucky’s Family Health Centers are feeling fatigue and even some anger as they worry about accommodating a steady stream of newly insured patients, many of whom require extra attention, Goodnough reports.

If overwhelmed clinics and doctors’ offices haven’t affected you yet, Goodnough’s article provides evidence that they soon will. Whether you’re newly insured or not, expect it to become harder to get a timely appointment or to see the practitioner of your choice.

Fortunately, a phone call to a telehealth doctor can resolve many health issues within minutes, anytime, day or night. Employers can provide telehealth services for all their employees, helping employees – and up to seven of their family members – get unlimited access to more than 350 licensed physicians. They get immediate care, diagnosis and prescriptions when needed … and never pay a co-pay or any out-of-pocket expense.

What’s more, the ROI is two to three times the cost of the service for employers. Individuals can also purchase First Stop Health. Give telehealth a try. It’s affordable, fast and convenient and you’ll be surprised at how often you can avoid inconvenient and expensive trips to doctors’ offices, clinics and emergency rooms.

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