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6:22 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Two Doctors Weigh Whether To Accept Obamacare Plans

Doctors say they need to accept patients with a variety of types of insurance in order for them to stay in businesses.

Originally published on Sun August 3, 2014 12:22 pm

On a recent afternoon at his office in Hartford, Conn., Dr. Doug Gerard examines a patient complaining of joint pain. He checks her out, asks her a few questions about her symptoms and then orders a few tests before sending her on her way.

For a typical quick visit like this, Gerard could get reimbursed $100 or more from a private insurer. For the same visit, Medicare pays less — about $80. And now, with the new private plans under the Affordable Care Act, Gerard says he would get something in between, but closer to the lower Medicare rates.

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