A True Holiday Gift

Thank you to Pediatrician Marion Mass, MD for supplying a timely holiday post for IP4PI:

Let’s talk charity.  True charity is that which is given willingly and freely.  Physicians are in the unique position to give such a valuable commodity, many do give of their time, but could the government make it easier for them?  And if they did, would there be any beneficial side effects?

Since 1990, Medicaid spending, jointly run by federal and state governments, has increased roughly five times.  Most state budgets have approximately 30-35% of their budget chewed up by this program designed to give medical care to the poor.  Helpful charts can be found at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/07/17/the-state-of-medicaid-in-charts/

Enter Dr. Alieta Eck, M.D. who founded the Zarephath Health Center in New Jersey with her physician husband, John Eck.  Zarephath is a local free clinic serving 300-400 patients per month, and doing so at a fraction of the cost that it would take the same patients to receive care under the government plan.  Continue reading