Independent doctors are dropping out of OneCare health-reform effort – VT Digger

All pediatrician Brad Friesen wants to do is care for kids.

"The business of keeping his primary-care practice afloat makes it difficult. Profit margins are thin in the best of times at Pediatric Medicine, where he is a partner, and Friesen said Covid has left the South Burlington practice on tenuous financial footing.

On Aug. 11, Friesen signed onto a letter saying that his office, and 13 other primary-care practices in the state, would drop out of OneCare Vermont. The organization, in charge of reforming Vermont health care, is meant to save costs and keep doctors in business — but the program is making it harder for independent physicians to survive, Friesen said."



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