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OBAMACARE…Part Deux: ‘It seems as though that I am not the only person this is happening to …’ — by Dr. Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz of Florida

By Dr. Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz | CMT Contributor | Choice Physicians of South Florida

Dr. Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz, physician, author and blogger.  Dr. T is known for giving a little tough love, but she cares immensely for her patients. She truly treats every patient as if they were a family member, and will always give advice based upon that ideal. Tel: 954.523.4141

Dr. Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz, physician, author and blogger. Dr. T is known for giving a little tough love, but she cares immensely for her patients. She truly treats every patient as if they were a family member, and will always give advice based upon that ideal. Tel: 954.523.4141

MARCH 28, 2014 – I had quite the surprise the other day. I received my renewal of insurance benefits for next year in the mail. I was in complete…and utter…shock. In prior years, I had amazing insurance. Amazing. Low deductibles and low premium with some pretty darn good coverage. This year, not so much. I looked like a dog when a human is asking them a question…you know, with my head leaned to the side with a puzzled look on my face. Then, a colleague of mine said…”Uh..Tiff…that’s Obamacare’s effect on you.”
Awesome.

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OBAMACARE PART I: from Physician and CMT Contributor, Dr. Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz of Choice Physicians of South Florida

Then, I started doing a little research. It seems as though that I am not the only person this is happening to. On the contrary, it is happening to the vast majority of people. And the people that it is affecting are not just those who already have insurance, but those out shopping on the insurance exchange under the Obamacare plan are facing the same situation. Many insurances on the exchange are plans with deductibles of up to $2000-$10,000. These deductibles represent out-of-pocket money that patients have to spend BEFORE their insurance benefits kick in, and a lot of times are collected up front at a physicians office. Now, you tell me how this is going to work.

6 secrets concierge medicinAdmitted, millions of Americans will be able to apply for federal assistance to help neutralize some of these ridiculous costs….but there are millions that will not. Also, many states (Florida included) chose not to expand Medicaid, meaning that those families which cannot afford the insurance in the exchange may also not be able to receive Medicaid benefits. Again, I say…just because you have “access” to health care does NOT by ANY MEANS address the fact that you will be able to afford the care, or that a doctor “must” see you.

There is a lot more to write in terms of this new ACA. (Including how there will be a lot less “doctor visits” and a lot more “nurse visits”). Also, I want to be extraordinarily clear that I am in full 100% support of the idea that all people should be able to receive health care benefits….but I also think that it is responsibility of all of us…as citizens… to understand the details of this,..and how we will ALL be affected..not just those without insurance now…

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About Choice Physicians of South Florida
Choice Physicians is a unique medical practice offering both general internal medicine as well as concierge medicine services. We pride ourselves on tailoring medical care to the patient’s needs. Choice Physicians provides great medical care coupled with exceptional customer service. Our doctors and staff understand that the key to outstanding healthcare is individualized patient care. All of our patients are treated like “VIPs”. You will be welcomed in a comfortable, relaxed environment to decrease any anxieties you may have about visiting the physician. We offer unparalleled service to you and your family in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We are happy to announce that we also offer sleep medicine consultations in house as well.

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