Are starting a new business plan. Many doctors are starting to charge their patients some amount ( the average I have heard is ~$15 a month) for the privilege if being the doctor’s patient, regardless of any medical insurance the patient has and more physicians are jumping on every day.
The patient still has to pay for their insurance and whatever co-pays the are charged by their insurance provider. This includes Medicare, QUEST and cobra. Obviously coverage by the VA and groups like Kaiser won’t be affected. I don’t know how or if Obamacare will be impacted.
So if you are a retired 70 year old trying to survive on Medicare and Social Security, your out of pocket insurance costs may have just gone up $1.800 a year.