The reality of a high Medicaid population:

In my practice, and I believe in many other practices in the area, 90 percent of the clientele is Medicaid. Therefore, in order to generate the income of a normal patient load elsewhere, we have to see double. In other words I have to see 60 patients to make the income of 30 patients.

Doctors outside of the border area who do their homework already know this. Two years ago I tried to recruit a physician to help me. I sent out 600 notes, and spoke with about 30 who replied.

Many of them asked if my patient population was high in Medicaid, and I answered yes. They said they weren’Â’t interested. Some of them also stated that they heard that Medicaid was going to cut further on payments and what it will allow to be billed during an office visit. And they were right.

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