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What if the doctor really can't afford to treat someone who cannot pay? What if the cost of the care is too much to bear? What then?

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    Is the patient eligible for Medicaid?

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    This is a problem for doctors, actually. Doctors often see patients for free, but lab work, CT, MRI, and prescriptions they cannot provide, and others want $$.

    I have one physician child who faces this several times a week in her clinic, sometimes solving it, but usually not. If a person is in the hospital as an inpatient, Medicaid will pay for the patient to "get" stable, and hospitals, medicated argue about what that means. The new Health care rules have not been settled on this, and certainly not the funding for it. Congress is regurgitating all the funding issues.

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