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  •  My doctor's office is a "federal health clinic" (7+ / 0-)

    A large percentage of primary care practices are federally qualified health clinics. In rural areas and inner cities, almost all of them are.  

    You will be required to have a primary care physician.

    If you are poor, the offices that receive federal funding to subsidize care for poor patients are the federally qualified health clinics. Practices that chose not to participate in the FQHC program probably won't accept you, but you're unlikely to live in the tony zip code where such a practice is located, anyway.

    Someone is doing some serious "ooga booga" framing here. There's nothing scary about a federally qualified health clinic.

    •  Well then it is not your doctor's office is it? (0+ / 0-)

      This isn't about subsidies, The comment said that there were going to be "federal clinics", not clinics that rely in part on federal subsidies. There is a big difference as one is entirely publicly owned and the other is private but takes public funds.

      I too rely on a local clinic for my care and I'm sure federal money is part of how they stay in business. I am also quite aware of the difference between my clinic and where I went when I had insurance. They are not the same though they both have monies from the public purse.

      I hope we can agree that the public is not well served by misinformation not matter the source or motivation, if any.

      The politicians may be bought, and the system corrupt, but it is our duty to fix these things.

      by sebastianguy99 on Wed May 01, 2013 at 12:46:40 PM PDT

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      •  The comment was full of shit (1+ / 0-)
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        howarddream

        The commenter to whom I replied was using fear-mongering language to describe exactly the kind of office in which my primary care physician works.  

        He has been working from the same office for more than a decade. He is the same doctor I have been going to during that time. A bit over a year ago, his office filled out some paperwork and added some administrative procedures, and voila(!) it is now a FQHC. There is literally no difference in the care I receive or the physician I use, but people in town who are currently uninsured will now be able to use his office and get subsidized insurance coverage.

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