Originally posted on Bill Baar's West Side Nov 12, 2008Photo HT Real Barack Obama
Quentin Young qutoed below from in an interview with NYT in 1991.
Docs will suffer a little shame, including Young, rather than go broke treating the poor on Uncle Sam's nickle.
Reality worth keeping in mind with the looming Health Care reform plans. Doc's aren't going to work cheap. They'll suffer the shame instead.
With low fees pushing doctors away from Medicaid patients, the medical tradition of charitable service to those who can pay very little or nothing at all has been sorely tested.
Dr. Quentin Young, a prominent Chicago physician and a longtime champion of liberal causes, has strict rules on the number of Medicaid patients he will see because otherwise, he said, "I'd go broke."
He calls his policy a mix of "reality and shame." Dr. Young said that if doctors refused to treat patients based on race instead of a Medicaid card "there would be Federal protection."
"The health status for people represented by Medicaid is declining," he said. "The people are shunted about. Either they are rejected by competent physicians or are very often put into clinics that abuse the system, with very little gain in health.
"It's a reflection of the powerlessness of the poor," he said, "and the hardening heart of American that is ominous."