Insurance rant below
United Health Care bought Pacific Care about a year ago and the fallout in the bay area is ugly. There are a significant number of doctors on the peninsula (south of San Francisco) who have refused to sign the new contract with United Health Care after the acquisition. As a result, these doctors are "out of network".
Besides having a god awful attitude with the doctors and their practice staff, UHC offered rates to the doctors under the new contract LOWER than medicare!! I'm sure the doctors left in my area who did sign the new contract, are making up the lower insured costs with volume. Who wants to be in a cattle line?
Apparently this has affected employees from Oracle, Sun MicroSystems and XMega Corp (My company) and no one is talking about this situation at all. The employees at my company are paying part of the insurance premium costs out of their pocket and paying out of network on top of everything else. I have to "strategize"now from a monetary perspective for the tests my doctor ordered for some significant issues I'm having. Sorry, this is new thing for me. I've never had to "think"
about going for tests that I need to have.
My options with Mega Corp? United Health Care or Kaiser.
Anyone else here have UHC PPO in Northern California?