Fox & Friends welcomed Dr. Marc Siegel, one of Fox News’ in-house doctors, who criticized Medicaid despite all the help that it brings to people who can’t afford healthcare.
Dr. Siegel said Americans are overusing Medicaid and that they have it too good because they’re going to get treatments without even paying deductibles.
Dr. Siegel said the goal should be to cut back Medicaid services to the bare basics because, at the moment, many Medicaid patients are getting too much care.
“No disincentive for overuse,” Siegel said of Medicaid. “No co-pays. No deductibles. In states that have the Medicaid expansion, emergency room visits are up by nine percent. Now, hospitals like that because patients that used to be uninsured now have their Medicaid card, but they’re flocking into the ERs to get services they don’t often need.”
Siegel even went on to say that disabled people do not need to regularly get a new wheelchair as often as they do now.
“There’s people that — really poor people really need Medicaid,” he said. “But do they need a wheelchair every two years? I don’t think so. I want to scale back the excess. And then, as Medicaid director Seema Verma has said quite smartly, let’s have premium buy-ins in the Medicaid expansion states for services beyond what you need.”