Skip to comments.Poll: 83% of doctors have considered quitting because of Obamacare
Posted on 07/11/2012 7:08:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
How many physicians will pack it in because smaller payments from Medicare and Medicaid won't allow them to cover their expenses?
No one knows, but it's a good bet that you and I are going to have long waits to see a doctor for anything except a dire emergency.
"Eighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over President Barack Obama's health care reform law, according to a survey released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association. The DPMA, a non-partisan association of doctors and patients, surveyed a random selection of 699 doctors nationwide. The survey found that the majority have thought about bailing out of their careers over the legislation, which was upheld last month by the Supreme Court.
Even if doctors do not quit their jobs over the ruling, America will face a shortage of at least 90,000 doctors by 2020. The new health care law increases demand for physicians by expanding insurance coverage. This change will exacerbate the current shortage as more Americans live past 65.
By 2025 the shortage will balloon to over 130,000, Len Marquez, the director of government relations at the American Association of Medical Colleges, told The Daily Caller."
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY:
You’ve got an aging physician workforce and you have these new Beneficiaries - these newly insured people - coming through the system, There will be strains and there will be physician shortages.
How many actually quit, though?
Why can’t they just deny Medicaid patients, stating they do not participate?
I work for an endodontist (root canal specialist)and we deny medicaid patients all the time.
Perhaps dental is different than medical? I always tell them to go to a clinic or call medicaid to find an endo who participates.
99% complain that medicaid has them on hold for too long and they don’t want to call. So I ask them “what do you expect for free service”?
Who is John Galt?
RE: Why cant they just deny Medicaid patients, stating they do not participate?
OK, let’s think things through -— WHAT HAPPENS IF A HUGE NUMBER OF DOCTORS DENY TAKING MEDICAID PATIENTS?
Where are these people going to go if they need treatment?
Reading the daily HORROR stories about the British National Health Service in their press, I have no liking for socialised medicine, but 'Dream On'. I have considered becoming a Billionaire - frequently - but I don't think it is going to happen.
We all need to “Go Galt” if this POS law is not repealed - we should all have done it NOW (before the election)
Take a 3 month vacation if you can afford it, and stop all economic activity
Perhaps if 83% of physicians were to stage a work-slow-down until Obamacare is repealed — say pledge they will only treat life-threatening circumstances, set broken bones, and phone in continuations of existing long-term prescriptions, nothing else, until repeal — we could get 2/3 of both houses of the present Congress to go for repeal.
Ummm, they get their butts off the government teet and support themselves? Just a thought.
Doctors offices are like any other business. If they can’t earn enough to cover overhead, supplies, payroll expenses, etc., they will not be able to continue in business. Hospitals have donors and fundraisers, but for the most part doctor groups do not. There are consequences to any legislation. I wish our legislators would think beyond the lobbyists!
They've considered it but they won't.
Poll: 83% of doctors have considered quitting because of Obamacare
And the nitwits in the GOP support the father of Obamacare.
That’s the top 83% - the incompetent 17% are happy to join with Obama ... finally, they can look good compared to what’s coming.
Whenever at figure of 83% is cited, it will have been simply made up. (83% of the time) - true story.
...and the other 17% have already quit? (Since 40% of US physicians are over the age of 55, the number of retired US physicians is probably higher than 17%. A lot higher.)
Barack Hoover Obama can promise a chicken in every pot, and a car in every garage, and free health care for everyone, but good luck if there aren't enough chickens, cars or doctors to go around.
Where are these people going to go if they need treatment?
At present they are told to go to a local hospital emergency room.
Since very few doctors have a private practice the rules they follow are set by Medicaid or the health care system that employees them.
A case I am somewhat familiar with:
A 75 - 80 year old widow lives alone in a $150,000 house and 3 acres of land. She is on Medicaid. Her doctor retires or dies. So mom,with help of one of her daughters goes looking for a new doctor.
After being turned down by 12 doctors the daughter in frustration asks a doctors office manager "Why can't we find a doctor for mom?" As it was explained to me the reply was "doctors are required to take up to a percentage of their practice of Medicaid patients, once that number is reached no more."
It is my guess the percentage is set by Medicaid, but the policy of no more patients is set by The Health Care System the doctor works for. The doctor has no say in the matter. Please note this is only my guess.
Mom must have found a doctor, because she still lives alone in her house.
What kind of health care will you and I get under The Roberts-0bama Health Care Tax?
Something similar to the British NHS?
The future holds that secret.
PS: The State of Texas has recently had an influx of about 25,000 to 30,000 doctors. Why?
Why is this 75-80 year old on medicaid and not medicare?
Mom's story was told to me by the daughter. This is second hand information at best.
I will be seeing the daughter within the next month and if time permits I will get that answer.
Medicaid and Medicare are now. The Roberts-0bama Care Tax may well be the future. Then all bets are off as to the kind of health care for you and I.
I expect us to crush this problem before the entire thing is implemented.
What has that got to do with the individual physician? Does the physician owe anyone their services? Who pays for their education expenses? Their time spent in school - about eleven years or more after high school. Their staff salaries. Their salary. Their overhead. Their retirement. A persons “right” to medical care is an obligation for the physician. That, my friend, is called slavery.