One East Texas doctor is changing his practice to cash-only
POSTED: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 10:55pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 9:54am
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS (KETK) — Dr. Richard L. Baker has been practicing internal medicine in Nacogdoches since 1980, his practice is in the heart of Nacogdoches across from Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.
In a sit down interview with Dr. Baker, he tells us there's no way he's supporting Obamacare and starting March 1, he's changing the ways he does business, he will run his business like the old days.
"We aren't doctors anymore we are health are providers, and we don't have patients anymore, we have consumers," said Dr. Baker.
Dr. Baker says within the last thirty years the health care system has been catastrophic.
"Our system is broken you know, we are spending so much money," said Dr. Baker. "Really getting rid of Medicare reimbursements and all private Medicare reimbursements, you know it's fee for service, you just pay cash at the time of the visit and we don't fool with insurance companies at all."
Dr. Baker says, he will no longer care for patients at both Nacogdoches Hospitals. He tells us that he's been struggling with this decision, but knows it's best for his practice. He also appreciates the support from his patients and staff.
Connie Chapman has been an employee at Dr. Baker's medical office for six years and has been in the medical profession for 33 years, she can't believe what the health system has become in recent years.
"Absolutely wonderful for work and it's been very difficult for him because the patients mean so much to him and to all of us, we are like a big happy family here and we've been trying to explain to the patients what's going on and what's going to happen," said Chapman.
Dr. Baker says he's going to try to do the best I can for himself and what's best for my patients. He'll continue to care for patients but not in the way the government wants him to care for them.