Local Doctor Closes Practice Citing Problems with Health Care

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

The high cost of health care has one Southern Colorado doctor ending his practice. Dr. Robert Beshany says it's becoming too expensive to pay for his overhead and properly treat his patients.

The doctor's announcement came out in a letter to his patients at the end of February. Dr. Beshany told them his income is dropping and the cost of running his office is rising. "It was a very hard decision to make," said Dr. Richard Beshany. He’s been a practicing physician for four decades. And he said it is becoming financially impossible to run a solo practice.

Five years ago Dr. Beshany opened his own practice. Before that he spent years working in a group practice.

Now he treats elderly patients, but in the last few years he said Medicare hasn't been reimbursing him enough to keep up with the cost of running the practice.

In a letter to his patients Dr. Beshany said "sadly medicine has changed... I don't see a recovery on the horizon." His patients, however, are taking it all in stride. "They hate to see me leave practice, but on the other hand they're glad for me,” the doctor said.

Dr. Beshany and his wife, Charlene, who serves as the office manager, both said it is scary to walk away from the practice. But because of the problems they've experienced within the health care industry they say they have no other choice. Right now the pair is trying to help their office staff find new jobs. The letter to patients also laid out ways to find a new physician. Dr. Beshany said he's not stepping away from medicine altogether. For now, he said, he will take a few vacations with his wife in their RV. And he’ll consider coming back to medicine if the industry improves.

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