I am wondering how many of you have seen a change in your practice with the advent of the Affordable Care Act? Am I the only one who has noticed that more and more patients are coming in saying, “Doc, I can’t afford for you to [fill in the blank with any procedure].” Patients can’t afford debridement charges, advanced therapy charges, the copays on their off-loading boots or their wound dressings.
I am thinking this might need to be called the “Unaffordable Care Act,” but maybe you are not seeing this? What do you see in your clinic?

Dr. Fife sees patients at the CHI St. Luke's Hospital Wound Clinic in The Woodlands, Texas. For an appointment call (936) 266-2150.

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