I knew it was happening, but it's nice to get confirmation.
Basically, when the government sets what they'll pay a doctor (typically about 60% of what they charge), the doctor has to recoup his/her costs somewhere.
That "somewhere" ends up being by charging more to everyone not on Medicaid.
And people wonder why medical care is so expensive, why optometrists and dentists won't accept Medicaid patients over the age of twelve, and why some doctors won't accept them at all.
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