Skelton: Optometrists, ophthalmologists square off over bill

There’s a nonsensical disconnect in California’s efforts to provide universal healthcare. There aren’t enough doctors willing to accept the state’s small fees for treating low-income patients.

So it’s universal healthcare in name only — despite Gov. Gavin Newsom’s repeated boasting about it — because millions of people are denied access to preventative medicine or treatment of their ailments.

Medi-Cal — California’s version of Medicaid for the poor — is an unfulfilled promise in too many cases. A third of Californians, including 40% of the state’s children, are enrolled in Medi-Cal.

But the reimbursement fees paid by the state to doctors are so low that most of them lose money on each patient, they say. Those who do accept Medi-Cal patients make…

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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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