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Redmond doctors drop patients, cite Obamacare

Published On: Mar 28 2014 09:20:49 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 29 2014 12:20:18 AM CDT

NewsChannel 21's Kandra Kent spoke with a Redmond woman who found her doctor is dumping her and all other patients on the Oregon Health Plan.

BEND, Ore. -

Katherine Goldeneagle of Redmond never imagined she'd ever equate her medical care to Rosa Park's famous ride bus ride -- until she got a letter Thursday.

"We will no longer be seeing patients over the age of 18 who have Oregon Health Care Plan," Goldeneagle read aloud from her letter Friday.

It didn't sit well with Goldeneagle, whose been on OHP for several years.

"I kind of feel like a second-class citizen now -- because I've got this kind of insurance, I'm not good enough to go to this office," she said.

Redmond's Central Oregon Family Medicine recently sent a letter out to all of its adult patients covered by the Oregon Health Plan/Pacific Source Community Solutions.

The letter, signed by the practice's three doctors, said it would no longer serve those patients.

Goldeneagle has about a month to find a new doctor. She said she's been with Central Oregon Family Medicine for more than 15 years.

"I'm scared to death," Goldeneagle said. "I'm headed into some fairly nasty medical situations, and now I don't have the doctor I've known for six years."

Goldeneagle said she has debilitating arthritis, and frequently needs medical care.

The letter blames the changes on Obamacare:

"These changes are being made due to the effects of the Affordable Care Act, and the resulting explosion in the population who now are eligible for the Oregon Health Plan," it reads

The letter continues that the decision wasn't about "greed or profit" but about about covering costs: "Without these changes, we would not be able to stay in business."

Doctors from Central Oregon Family Medicine weren't available for comment as of press time Friday evening.

Goldeneagle said despite the bad news, she still believes in the essence of Obamacare, but feels both her doctors and the system aren't doing enough to bridge the gap.

"I think it's a bad business practice," she said. "I realize this is a lot of number-crunching and bean-counting, but at the bottom of that, there's a patient."

A patient frustrated, passed along, unsure where she'll land.

NewsChannel 21 is working on getting comments from representatives of Central Oregon Family Medicine, insurance companies and the state. We will keep you updated as we learn more.


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