POSTED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 6:53pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 10:43am
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — President Obama's Affordable Care Act has been delayed until 2015, but it's still a concern for the health care providers in East Texas.
Business may be booming in Texas, but the health care system is struggling. Many medical professionals move to the Lone Star State to practice. Some feel the medical industry doesn't seem promising with the new provisions to the Obamacare mandate.
New changes may force doctors to opt-out.
"It's hard to get paid, sometimes it's the end of the year and budget runs out, Congress doesn't fund it so we don't get pad the doctors don't get paid," said Dr. Hope Short of Short Family Medical Group in Tyler.
"Medicare and Medicaid typically don't pay as well as well as you normal health insurance," said George Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of Net Health.
Doctor Hope Short in Tyler tells KETK it's affecting physicians and she's already seeing changes in East Texas.
Along with cuts, some companies can't afford to pay for their employees health insurance.
"Some companies are cutting back to part-time hours so they're not required to pay their health insurance," said Dr. Short.
Doctor Short went on to add she does not support Obamacare because it's not only affecting physicians, the public is struggling also.
"If they're healthy, they shouldn't have to buy insurance if they don't want to. Why should people be forced to, but with Obamacare they're going to be fined," said Short.
Health systems in Texas are doing whatever they can to get the best rates.
"Large hospitals systems are merging, Baylor health care system and Scott & White are in the process of merging right now," said George Roberts, chairman of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce Medical Committee.
Roberts says the supply of the doctors coming into the system will not keep up with the number of doctors that will be retiring in the coming years.