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    Accept Medicare or Medicaid patients?
    Accept private insurance?

    If not how will the healthcare reform impact them if they choose not to accept insurance or medicare/medicaid?
     
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    No Doctors are not required by law to accept any of that, at least not yet, but you can expect that to change if Obama has his way.
     
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    No and no.

    I have not heard that doctors will be forced to accept any of these insurances. As it stands now, a patient can go to a physician that does not accept their insurance, pay cash, get a receipt, and then personally bill their insurance. Usually they won't be reimbursed all of what they paid, but some people don't care.
     
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    Which brings up another point, most private insurers do not reimburse full doctors fees either.
     
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    Doctors in OZ are required to offer you a free medical check up in your 40s.

    I went and the doctor said "do you want a prostrate exam"?

    There was a long silence.

    "We do it by a blood test now."

    I think you could have heard me yell "YES!!!!!!!!!!!" all the way to Singapore.
     
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    I don't think Doctors are required by law to give anything free in America. Hospitals maybe, but not Doctors.
     
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    Not even those little mints in the lobby?
     
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    Not by law. But you can usually get one with a wink or if you are a little kiddie.

    I never took one. I was afraid a $13.75 charge for it would show up on my bill.
     
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    How long do you think it will be before there are credit card swipers on the bottled water dispensers?

    "You are not drinking enough water."

    "Sorry Doc I am at my credit limit."
     
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    They will wind up with no patients
     

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