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Candidates hear concerns of healthcare providers

Posted: Updated: Sep 12, 2013 10:28 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - As the October 19th primaries draw closer, those running for the 5th Congressional District seat continue to seek support.

Thursday the Ouachita Medical Society invited those candidates to talk about the government's number one expense - healthcare.

"I used to see them, examine them, prescribe medication," say David Barnes, M.D., "they went to the pharmacy, they picked it up."

As a physician with a family practice in Monroe, Barnes says politics are getting in the way of his ability to heal the sick.

"Well now, they go to the pharmacy, the pharmacy calls me back and says it's not on their insurance plan, here's some alternatives but to get these, call somebody in Chicago," says Barnes.

As the President of the Ouachita Medical Society, Barnes is giving a voice to the many healthcare providers in Northeast Louisiana. Big changes are coming to healthcare like the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, changes to the coding of prescriptions, and even the way doctors file your medical chart.

The medical society is looking for a candidate that's willing to reach across party lines.

"Business and the politics of medicine are moving faster or as fast as the practice," says Jeff Williams, CEO of LSMS, "and it's disheartening and you see a lot of second and third generations of physicians telling that are now telling their children or grandchildren not to go into medicine."

Barnes says he just hopes that each of the candidates takes their concerns into consideration and helps them, help others.

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