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Medi-Cal compensation inadequate, doctors say, as enrollment boom looms
The Mercury News

When Dr. Jerold Kaplan made a home visit last year to a man with a foot wound, he billed Medi-Cal — the state’s health care program for the poor and disabled — what he thought was a modest $90. His payment: $8.96. The Berkeley wound surgeon received a bit more for his home visit to a quadriplegic last year: $13.44. Medi-Cal told him it cut both payments in half because of late paperwork. But even at the full rate, he would have received no more than $27 for a house call — barely enough to cover gas.