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mon t m e d s o c .c om

practice's costs for employee health

insurance went up 18-24 percent per
year.

Hospitals, while not our friends,

saw benefits for their "bottom lines"
from Medicaid expansion (more

beds filled and less patients in the

ER for whom they would receive no
compensation).

On the other hand, female

patients, the majority in this country,
obtained huge benefit. I can give so
many examples of working people

who received somewhat-affordable
health insurance through the

exchanges. Before the ACA, many

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of my privately-insured working

...by improving quality and value of care.

patients had no contraception

coverage or maternity coverage.
Many had to use Medicaid to

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pregnant! And without effective

...to help enhance care, achieve better
outcomes and elevate patient satisfaction.

pregnancies. And who pays for their

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get coverage when they became
contraception, there are more

maternity coverage? We all do. In our

...as part of a physician-led group of healthcare
providers who are accountable for quality, cost
and overall care for the patients we serve.

private practice, we actually saw more
patients for routine exams since they
were covered by insurance, and did

more visits for contraception because
it became affordable. It also meant
STI screening, and less unplanned
pregnancies.

While the "mandate" to purchase

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insurance may seem "un-American,"
it was done specifically to benefit

the health insurance agencies and

us less and charge more for insurance.

prohibition denying insurance for

parts of the ACA, not "repeal and

always complain if their profits are

more insured citizens is far from "un-

to allow them to comply with the

pre-existing conditions. And they

not what they expect. Then they pay

I support overhaul of the untenable

replace" (with what?). Twenty million
American."

MCMS PHYSICIAN 9 SPRING 2017

Sherry L. Blumenthal, MD, FACOG
Board Member, MCMS
Board of Trustees, PAMED
Past chair PA ACOG
Advisory Council, District III ACOG
Secretary, Philadelphia Obstetric Society


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