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In Decatur County, the hospital’s director says they’re seeing some positive effects of the Affordable Care Act.
President and CEO Linda Simmons spoke Monday at a Greensburg Rotary Club meeting.
“We are seeing a few more patients in our clinics,” she said. “So we are finding that clients that have bought into the exchange products are now going to our clinics and actually seeing physicians which is a good thing, because that goes into the preventative aspect and they’re getting their health diagnoses monitored better.”
David Welsh, a general surgeon who practices in southeastern Indiana, was the other panelist. He spoke about the ACA’s impact on doctors.
While Welsh agreed with Simmons that more people getting covered is a good thing, he says the ACA’s rules and regulations have made things tough on doctors across the board.
“If you’re just starting out in a practice, you’re finding yourself more forced to go into an employed position, employed by a large group or hospital, older physicians are being hit with a lot of requirements, and the question is whether they should stay in practice or just retire,” said Welsh.
Both panelists say the ACA is a good idea in premise – the system just needs to be refined now that health experts are finding things that don’t work the way they were intended.