San Francisco Chronicle: Fast-growing Medi-Cal has shortage of doctors

San Francisco Chronicle: Fast-growing Medi-Cal has shortage of doctors

By Anna Gorman

Rozena Abriha enrolled in Medi-Cal earlier this year and was grateful to receive health coverage. But, despite making about a dozen phone calls, she hasn’t been able to find a doctor willing to take new patients. So Abriha has sought treatment at an urgent care center multiple times in the past few months for cold sores and bacterial infections that wouldn’t go away.

But just having laws isn’t enough to ensure that patients’ needs are met, says Abbi Coursolle, a staff attorney at the National Health Law Program. “Those standards are only as good as the state’s ability to enforce them,” she said. Read the full article here »

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