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Survey: 44% of NY doctor's not taking insurance exchanges
ALBANY -- Just about half of New York State physicians surveyed said they are not accepting the insurance exchange plans under the Affordable Care Act, according to the Medical Society of the State of New York.
In a survey of 409 physicians 44% said they are "not participating in any health insurance Exchange program" while 33% said they were "not sure".
The survey did show a combined 21% are accepting at least one and up to more than five exchanges.
Vice President of MSSNY, Morris Auster, said Wednesday the survey showed the confusion over the new law.
"I think the issue is there are a lot of unknowns at this point," said Auster.
Two big concerns physicians have with the new law are how they will be paid and how quickly they can provide care to their patients, Auster added.
There is no clear answer as to how much money each insurance exchange would give to a doctor.
"Doctors are like a small business, they rely on the money to keep the lights on to treat the patients," Auster said.
Some insurance companies may also hold back authorization to a doctor, for longer periods of time, to allow certain treatments on a patient, Auster added.
"So if a certain company is making that harder and harder that will make a physician less likely to want to participate with that company," said Auster.
Dr. Mark Oldendorf of Oldendorf Medical Services says he understands where many physicians are coming from when they raise questions about the new law.
"It is very unclear," Dr. Oldendorf said. "I have been trying for months to figure out which way we are going. Everyday has a little different twist on it".