I’ve recently moved to South Florida after years of living in Mexico and four European countries as well as having traveled to a significant number of countries where, on occasion, I’ve had to have medical attention. In all instances I was welcomed as a patient, paying out of pocket and sending the bill to my insurance company for reimbursement.
On two recent occasions in South Florida I’ve been refused appointments with physicians who do not take my health insurance, even though I offered to self-pay. The latest incident occurred with a practice of five cardiologists, all of whom refused to take me as a patient. My gynecologist doesn’t take my health insurance but he has taken me as a self-pay patient so I know this is possible.
This policy is insulting, frustrating and discriminatory. How can there be so much criticism of the Affordable Care Act when such policies are practiced by the medical profession and insurance companies? Having returned home in my golden years, will I have to leave again in order to be assured of medical care?
Susan Aramayo, Boca Raton