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Doctor pay boost may increase access to care
Bakersfield Californian

Bakersfield doctor Hasmukh Amin is bracing for competition.

Amin is a pediatrician at Riverwalk Pediatric Clinic, a private practice with about 20,000 patients. About half of those patients are covered by Medi-Cal, a publicly funded health program for low-income and disabled residents. Unlike Amin, many local doctors won’t see Medi-Cal patients, saying the payment rates are too low and don’t cover costs.

But starting this month, that could change as some Medi-Cal rates rise temporarily — and dramatically.