HAY: "For most primary physicians like me, it probably costs us anywhere from 40 to 50 dollars per visit to see the patient, and that's before we pay ourselves. That's just for rent, staff, malpractice insurance, and so forth."
As part of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government proposes to pay primary care doctors who see Medi-Cal patients the same rate they would receive for seeing Medicare patients.
HAY: "This will improve the access for care for many Medi-Cal patients and there's going to be another three million patients com[ing] onto the Medi-Cal rolls because of the Affordable Care Act."
States are not obligated to contribute to the increase - which is proposed for two years starting in 2013.