Medi-Cal cuts

The idiocy of cutting physician payments continues:

There is now a proposal to cut a whopping 10 percent from Medi-Cal payments to health care providers in California. This poses an enormous threat to our neediest families’ medical care.

These huge Medi-Cal reductions are supposed to help balance the state budget. But at what cost? Cutting Medi-Cal threatens to limit Medi-Cal patients’ access to physicians. It’s also likely to drive up the cost of health care for everyone else and cause the state to lose more than $1 billion in federal funds.

Doctors are not hurt in this scenario. The can simply stop taking Medi-Cal. Patients will be the real losers.