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Archive for July, 2008

New Family Practice Doctors

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

We have two new family practice physicians starting at Saltzer in August

John Freeman, MD will begin seeing patients August 7. Dr. Freeman is a pediatrics, internal medicine physician who will be working in our family practice department at 215 E. Hawaii Ave in Nampa. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Freeman call 468-5910

Mark Clinger, MD, family practice, will begin seeing patients at 745 S. Progress Ave in Meridian on August 20. To make an appointment with Dr. Clinger, please call 884-2920

Micron Insurance Shortcoming

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

As a pediatrician I am concerned about the impact Micron’s new insurance system will have on some of the Treasure Valley’s most vulnerable citizens, children.

The new insurance is structured so that only one hospital in the Boise area is covered by the premium coverage. Use of any other hospital results in higher co-pays, and deductibles, resulting in significantly increased health care costs for Micron families.

St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center is not a part of the premium network. St. Luke’s is the only children’s hospital in the area. St. Luke’s has the only pediatric ICU and is the only hospital in the area that provides coverage by all of the pediatric subspecialists such as gastroenterology, neurology, infectious disease, oncology, etc.

With Micron’s new insurance plan families can only access services at the St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital by paying a much higher deductible and receiving lower reimbursements. This results in much higher medical bills for Micron families seeking proper, high quality medical care for their children.

In addition, many physicians that were previously preferred providers are no longer part of the premium network. Imagine the emotional toll on children and their families who are forced to leave a doctor they have grown to trust.

My partners and I at Saltzer Medical Group have seen many children of Micron employees for years, several with chronic and ongoing medical conditions. The change in insurance plan structure will result in worse outcomes for these children.

I am hoping that Micron will rethink their insurance structure, and put these children before the bottom line.

Katie Copeland, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Saltzer Medical Group, P.A.

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