Keeping patients healthy will pay under new Medicaid model

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 1, 2013 - 8:32 PM

State to test new Medicaid payment model for doctors.

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comment229Feb. 2, 13 4:59 AM

The only thing that I see "dramatic" in the health care system in America is everyone looking out for themselves. "The goal is to encourage checkups and early treatment, instead of emergency room visits and extended hospital stays." And yet there is a group of individuals in this country picking up the their own tab. Everybody with group health doesn't care much, the medicaid patients apparently will now get to see a doctor when they want, and yet those of us with catastrophic high deductible policies, which is the only thing we can afford, have eliminated all preventative visits to see a doctor, and don't go unless it is something really bad (broken arm etc). This is our new America and yes, I am in the group that not only favors Obamacare but also would welcome single payer, so we all are in the same boat or under the same bus.

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DLBabatzFeb. 2, 13 6:14 AM

In the 1980s, that was the premis behind their promoting HMOs. How well did that work to control or reduce healthcare cost or improve overall health? It didn't.

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timandtiaFeb. 2, 13 6:51 AM

And how do propose that these patients get to the doctor? Many Medicaid patients don't have transportation to get there.

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jackpinesavFeb. 2, 13 7:12 AM

Reality is that smokers and overweight people cost a fortune over time in the system. Cap care on them, charge them more for services, motivate them to change or nothing will change in healthcare. They are the minority group not exercising personal responsibility....so who should oppose this??

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markc1Feb. 2, 13 7:34 AM

I like it, thank goodness I live in a good progressive blue state!

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