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Obamacare’s narrow networks
are going to make people furious
— but they might control costs

Washington Post, by Sarah Kliff

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 1/13/2014 2:13:19 PM

"Surprise! Kentucky health exchange networks may exclude your hospital," reads one recent headline in the Louisville Courier Journal. Or, as Time magazine puts it, "Keeping your doctor under Obamacare is no easy feat." Behind these stories lurks a policy idea that´s central to Obamacare´s approach to controlling costs, but anathema to many health-care consumers: "Narrow networks." Just the name itself, a narrow network, sounds like a miserable, restrictive health plan that you would just as well avoid. But health-care experts love narrow networks, pointing out that they underpin some of the country´s most successful health plans. So what´s a narrow

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/13/2014 2:28:53 PM     (No. 9690437)

So what happens when a person insured under Obamacare goes on vacation to another region of the USA and needs healthcare?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: civilservant, 1/13/2014 2:38:37 PM     (No. 9690445)

Narrow networks are when you need an Oncologist and Obamacare gives you an accupuncturist born in early July.

But it IS cheaper!!!!!!



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Reply 3 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/13/2014 2:40:21 PM     (No. 9690446)

This is an implicitly dishonest article.
We can reduce health care costs by shutting down emergency rooms, and allowing heart attack victims to die in the parking lot.
We can reduce health care costs by closing the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic, and other centers of excellence.
Instead of allowing patients to go there, we will send them to community hospitals, with shortages of MDs. That will save money.
Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants will become the norm.
Absolutely insane. And Kenyacare will force thousands of physicians out of their medical practices, with the neverending demand for lower reimbursement rates.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 1/13/2014 4:25:50 PM     (No. 9690599)

Controlling costs is a govn euphemism for denying care.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/13/2014 4:41:42 PM     (No. 9690611)

Narrow Networks = Cronies

Got it yet?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Bohallx, 1/13/2014 4:45:57 PM     (No. 9690616)

The ultimate symptom is when you are a Kaiser Permanente customer in Fairfax County South of US 50 and Kaiser can´t come to an agreement with INOVA, the local hospital system, to a mutually agreeable network. Kaiser is the primary healthcare provider for 2/3 of the county´s population BTW.

INOVA has 3 major hospitals (world class) South of US 50 BTW. All told we have 8 hospitals within 20 minutes of my home ~ and yet I would have to go to hospitals more than 2 hours away (at rush hour) or more than 3 hours away (at any time) for cancer!

Playing games with their networks leaves Kaiser´s half million customers in Southern Fairfax county without convenient and lifesaving access to their local hospital system.

I do not see the efficiency in that. Frankly, I suspect the management at Kaiser to have either dipped too dip into the sauce or to have quietly gone totally stark raving mad!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/13/2014 9:43:26 PM     (No. 9690904)

Years ago, an elderly neighbor was in extreme pain, unable to walk or even stand. She was repeatedly taken by ambulance to the one hospital her insurance allowed her to go to. They were incompetent, and repeatedly sent her home, saying she was not ill or injured, perhaps she was getting senile.

Desperate, her family took her to visit them in another state, far enough away so that her insurance would have to allow her to obtain emergency medical treatment. The diagnosis? Two fractured vertebrae, which required immediate emergency surgery, or she would have been paralyzed.

She recovered, and lived a number of years longer, quite healthily.

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