From Life and Times:

Toni Guinyard went to Chinatown to meet Dr. Ma.

Dr. Ma is an internist, Chinese-born, California educated and, at times, frustrated with the very health care system he cares so much about. High health insurance rates and low Medicare reimbursements are taking a toll.

Dr. George Ma: I have patients with no insurance or lack of adequate insurance. We want to prescribe a drug. They can’t afford it. We want to do a blood test. They can’t afford it because someone denied it or somewhere along the way, there are roadblocks.

Toni Guinyard: His practice gives us a glimpse inside the world of health care for the uninsured and under-insured. It’s a world forcing physicians to become creative to make sure patients get the care they need.

Dr. George Ma: I do my own billing. My wife chases the bills because most insurance just doesn’t pay.

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