San Francisco Marin Medical Society Blog


Physician Experience Highlights Unintended Consequences of California’s Surprise Billing Laws

Over a period of nine days, 855 physician practices representing thousands of physicians responded to the survey. The vast majority of respondents reported difficulties contracting with insurers since the passage of California’s law. As independent physician practices can no longer remain viable without contracts or reasonable reimbursement rates, they have been forced to consolidate with larger hospital systems or private equity groups, which studies have shown can drive up health care costs by as much as 30%. These unintended consequences totally shift the market leverage to already powerful insurance companies at the expense of patients.