Will the Healthcare Bill, or any Healthcare Bill for that matter, help us treat more people?
By: Present Moments Recovery Owner, Mark Gladden
Feedack to Link article by: Big Cuts for Treatment, I hope not, but I’m not so sure
Drug & Alcohol Treatment Rehab introduces a lot of people to the world of recovery each year. I started my treatment center to support those that wanted to live a life of recovery, as I and my wife do….As I take in all the media about the new and upcoming changes to Healthcare Market Place, then ACA, now WHATeverHealthAct, I don’t know if any of them will help those of us in the trenches….As a treatment center owner, I can tell you with 100% certainty, that Medical, Medicaid, Medicare does not pay us (we are a private treatment center with open beds every month) enough, on a daily basis, to treat someone with Substance Use Disorder. MediCal, pays $150 a day!!!! This revenue has to cover the costs of doctors, therapists, food and shelter for 30days of treatment. The Social safety net for treatment at the rate of $150 a day is a program that has 20-30 patients, couple of hours a day and has a small success rate. I want to help as many as I can, but I can’t put my family at risk of losing my business to support that many people every month. I would be glad to offer it to 2-3 people per month no problem, but, here is the problem that NO ONE TALKS about…… IF YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO accept MediCal/Medicare patients, YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT ALL that come to you…. if space is available I must help them. So now, the 2-3 people a month that I can afford to take in at those rates turns out to full our capacity, thus my treatment center closes down.
I’m just a guy in San Diego that took the necessary path in my recovery to help others and use my experience in business, my strength of optimism, and my hope for recovery to others that want to live a life of free of drugs and alcohol dependence. Some points of this article could be wrong, but my experiences were develpment from good intentions. Your comments are welcome…www.presentmomentsrecovery.com and bythesearecovery.com