Traveling Way Too Far for Physical Therapy-If AB 783 Passes, More Patient Abuse will Occur

April 14, 2011

There was a good story published in the Merced Sun:

Physical therapists criticize bill in Assembly

Proposal would formally allow doctors to employ them in-house.

By YESENIA AMARO

In the story the physical therapists that they interviewed correctly indicate that doctors don’t due what’s in the best interest of the patient if they own a POPTS clinic.   The story and Dr. Sully, PT state, ”

Many Mercedians travel to larger medical facilities to get care but receive physical therapy locally to reduce out-of-town travel.  “At least 15 percent of our business comes from an out-of-town physician referral,” Sulley said. Mercedians who receive their medical care elsewhere might be referred for physical therapy at the same location if the bill were to pass, she said.

Physical therapists have explained to us here at STOP POPTS that making patients travel up to an hour for physical therapy is common when there are better qualified physical therapists just a few minutes of drive time away for patients.   Furthermore, take a back patient.  For many back pain patients, sitting and driving make them worse.  It is NOT in the best interest of back pain patients, that are made worse with driving, to make them drive an hour for physical therapy.  Not to mention wasted time with all that travel.

Don’t take it from us, hear what this patient and this therapist have to say about doctors making patients travel way too far so they can make a buck on their patients:

A real story about a patient in Southern California that was told by her doctor she must be treated at his practice. She had to drive 55-60 miles for physical therapy. It wasn’t for just one visit either. Listen to what this former POPTS physical therapist had to say about this:

Stop the Madness!

AB 783 is a bad business arrangement resulting in over utilization and patient abuse.

POPTS provide substandard care.

They cost California hundreds of millions of dollars each year in waste.

California and its consumers can’t afford to overpay (or drive too far) for bad care!

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