February 20, 2013

Why is Florida Medical Association Standing Against Their Doctors?

HB 587 IS BAD FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND PATIENTS

FACT:  This bill caps physicians and other health care providers, not allowing doctors and their businesses to recover for the rates they set for their own work. 

FACT:  The bill destroys the doctor-patient relationship.  By only allowing the patient to be reimbursed for past and future medical care at unfair rates, many patients will no longer be able to treat with their doctors.

FACT:  This bill kills new treatment by never having a fee that is “customarily accepted” or part of any established fee schedule.  Medical doctors who are on the cutting edge of technology and treatment to give the most up to date care to their patients will never be reimbursed for this care and the patients will suffer from not being able to get innovative care that may make them better, quicker.

FACT:  The bill limits the future medical care reimbursement to current health insurance reimbursement, forcing injured people to get taxpayer-supported care.

“I am a proud member of the Florida Medical Association for 23 years, but am disappointed they are taking a stand on this legislation that will be devastating to me, my practice, and my industry.  This is bad legislation that restricts the quality of care a patient can receive and a practitioner can provide,” – Dr. Paul Zak, Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon.

BOTTOM LINE:  HB 587 is dangerous for doctors and consumers.  The legislation promotes a socialized rate of reimbursement, eating into free market principles.

Why is the Florida Medical Association turning their backs on their doctors and joining the Florida Chamber of Commerce to line the pockets of the insurance industry?