To Curb Costs, New California Health Plans Trim Care Choices

Susan Shargel, an insurance broker in San Francisco, says she's seeing health insurance plans offer fewer doctor and hospital options.Enlarge image i

Susan Shargel, an insurance broker in San Francisco, says she’s seeing health insurance plans offer fewer doctor and hospital options.


Pauline Bartolone

Susan Shargel, an insurance broker in San Francisco, says she's seeing health insurance plans offer fewer doctor and hospital options.

Susan Shargel, an insurance broker in San Francisco, says she’s seeing health insurance plans offer fewer doctor and hospital options.

Pauline Bartolone

When Diane Shore got a letter that her health policy would be canceled, the small premium increase for the new plan didn’t bother her that much.

But the changes in her choices for care really bugged her. “My physicians will no longer be in this network of physicians, or the hospitals,” she says.

Shore, 62, owned an information technology consulting business in the San Francisco Bay Area and retired when she sold it in 2000. She wants to stick with the health care providers that she’s had for years, she says, including the surgeon who cared for her when she had breast cancer in 1998.

“I have full confidence in her,” she says. “And my primary care doctor has been my primary care doctor

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/12/09/249009439/to-curb-costs-new-california-health-plans-trim-care-choices?ft=1&f=131849999

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