If you want the truth about healthcare “reform” and the unintended consequences that will make it ten times as costly as it has been sold, please peruse this excellent report:
Here are the facts Jack:
- There are currently 700,000 doctors in the U.S. today. That is one doctor for every 450 people.
- With the rapidly aging population, the need for doctors would have been 860,000 by 2025.
- With the passage of universal healthcare, the need will be 910,000 by 2025.
- The number of people graduating from Medical school has been flat at 16,000 per year since 1980.
- The supply of doctors will only be 750,000 in 2025.
- Approximately 53% of all the doctors in the US are over 50 years old.
- Only 1% of doctors under 35 are in General Practice, while 47% of those over 50 years old are in General Practice.
Obamacare will flood the market with 32 million new patients. It will reduce the amount doctors will be reimbursed for their services. It will impose mountains of new rules, regulations and paperwork on doctors. Lawyers can still sue doctors for every bad outcome. Would you spend hundreds of thousands in tuition to become a doctor today? If you are a 60 year old doctor who is well off, would you retire or put up with this crap every day?
The unintended consequences will be less doctors, worse care, extended wait times for service, and dramatically higher costs as the bureaucrats who are implementing this horrific plan throw your money at the solutions to the problems they caused. Enjoy your new and improved healthcare.
Health overhaul likely to strain doctor shortage
Published: Monday, March 29, 2010
By LAURAN NEERGAARD
WASHINGTON — Better beat the crowd and find a doctor.
Primary care physicians already are in short supply in parts of the country, and the landmark health overhaul that will bring them millions more newly insured patients in the next few years promises extra strain.
The new law goes beyond offering coverage to the uninsured, with steps to improve the quality of care for the average person and help keep us well instead of today’s seek-care-after-you’re-sick culture. To benefit, you’ll need a regular health provider.
Yet recently published reports predict a shortfall of roughly 40,000 primary care doctors over the next decade, a field losing out to the better pay, better hours and higher profile of many other specialties. Provisions in the new law aim to start reversing that tide, from bonus payments for certain physicians to expanded community health centers that will pick up some of the slack.
A growing movement to change how primary care is practiced may do more to help with the influx. Instead of the traditional 10-minutes-with-the-doc-style office, a “medical home” would enhance access with a doctor-led team of nurses, physician assistants and disease educators working together; these teams could see more people while giving extra attention to those who need it most.
“A lot of things can be done in the team fashion where you don’t need the patient to see the physician every three months,” says Dr. Sam Jones of Fairfax Family Practice Centers, a large Virginia group of 10 primary care offices outside the nation’s capital that is morphing into this medical home model.
“We think it’s the right thing to do. We were going to do this regardless of what happens with health care reform,” adds Jones. His office, in affiliation with Virginia Commonwealth University, also provides hands-on residency training to beginning doctors in this kind of care.
Only 30 percent of U.S. doctors practice primary care. The government says 65 million people live in areas designated as having a shortage of primary care physicians, places already in need of more than 16,600 additional providers to fill the gaps. Among other steps, the new law provides a 10 percent bonus from Medicare for primary care doctors serving in those areas.
Massachusetts offers a snapshot of how giving more people insurance naturally drives demand. The Massachusetts Medical Society last fall reported just over half of internists and 40 percent of family and general practitioners weren’t accepting new patients, an increase in recent years as the state implemented nearly universal coverage.