Lawmakers Cut Doctors' Pay Rates

Share |
(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, February 18, 2008

Starting in July, the state will cut reimbursement rates by more than $500 million.

Jean Ross is the executive director of the California Budget Project. She says for doctors who care for poor adults and the disabled on Medi-Cal, these cuts will hit hard. She says the state was already way behind in paying doctors for services.

Ross: “California spends less than all but two other states in the country. Only Louisiana and Georgia spend less.” (:11)
Ross predicts many doctors will stop providing care because of the low rates. She says the cuts will make it harder for the more than six million enrolled patients across the state to get care.