Is Medicaid a cash cow for special interests?

Days before her testimony before a Senate subcommittee, Dr. Eck returns to the Medical Freedom Report to talk with Michael Ostrolenk about how all-volunteer clinics like her Zaraphath Center treat the poor, at lower costs, with higher quality (and without federal money) compared to Federally Qualified Health Centers. FQHCs have multi-million dollar federally funded budgets but spend a significant portion on items not related to patient care, such as CEO salaries, travel, and physician recruitment. The Zaraphath clinic treats patients at an average cost of $13/visit while FQHCs averages are estimated to be between $160 and $280 per visit.  Dr. Eck estimates that the Volunteer Physicians Protection Act, which encourages doctors to donate their time in exchange for the state covering their malpractice claims, could save the state of NJ $2 Billion in its first year and balance the state budget.  This bill is receiving bipartisan support in the NJ Legislature.  It reduces government spending and improves access to health care for the poor.

Additional info: Read Dr. Eck’s latest article on this subject.

Medicaid hurts the poor, the physicians, and the taxpayers

Like a growing number of physicians, Dr. Alieta Eck and her husband John Eck, MD do not see Medicaid patients in their practice because the red-tape hassles combined with the low reimbursement would – before too long – put them out of business.  The two Doctors Eck have found a better, voluntary and non-government funded, way to fulfill the promise they made in the Oath of Hippocrates to treat the poor without consideration of payment;  They see them for free in a standalone charity clinic completely outside of Medicaid’s bureaucratic stranglehold.  In this podcast Dr. Alieta Eck talks with Michael Ostrolenk about the Zaraphath Health Center (her charity clinic) and about the critical need for more doctors to follow a similar path.  Medicaid comprises a full third of the budget of her state, New Jersey, and is replete with wasteful spending by government clinics where each patient visit costs taxpayers around $200.  Dr. Eck has developed an innovative plan to cut costs, improve care – and, by the way, fix the malpractice crisis – benefiting the poor, the physicians, and the taxpayers.