That’s the question that Dr. Kevin Pho is posing over at KevinMD.com. We’re not sure we entirely agree with him, but his commentary is definitely worth a look:
Most important, patients should be happy. As I wrote in the New York Times Room for Debate recently, the ACA has already provided benefits not to only the uninsured, but one of the most vulnerable segments of the population — seniors:
One of the unsung benefits of the Affordable Care Act is Medicare’s Annual Well Visit exam, which has been offered since 2011. Thanks to these visits, which I perform everyday in my primary care clinic, I have the opportunity to evaluate seniors for their risk of falling, screen for depression and ensure preventive services like vaccines and cancer screening are adhered to.
Furthermore, health reform has already helped seniors save money. In 2011 alone, nearly 3.6 million Medicare beneficiaries saved $2.1 billion in prescription drug costs.
Primary care doctors should be happy as well. As the ACP’s Bob Doherty has written, they had much to lose, including billions of dollars in higher Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.
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