Skip to comments.The Silent Exodus(Obamacare docs quitting)
Posted on 10/10/2012 6:20:49 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
Patients should expect increasing difficulty accessing medical care, according to a survey of 13,575 physicians. The survey commissioned by The Physicians Foundation estimates that "44,250...physicians will be lost from the workforce in the next four years. The survey also found that over the next one to three years, more than 50 percent of physicians will cut back on patients seen, work part-time, switch to concierge medicine, retire, or take other steps likely to reduce patient access. In addition, should 100,000 physicians transition from practice-owner to employed status over the next four years (such as working in a hospital setting), the survey indicates that this will lead to 91 million fewer annual patient encounters."
So much for Obama's promise that "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period." According to the survey, 57.9 percent would not recommend medicine as a career. Fully 77 million babyboomers are exiting employment and entering Medicare, but "No one has enough doctors...It doesn't matter where you are," says Tommy Bohannon from the physician search firm Merritt Hawkins.
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"It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it." - Thomas Sowell
"More and more, physicians feel that someone is telling them how to treat patients. They worry that the [treatment] guidelines are promulgated to reduce overall costs rather than put patients first. Doctors feel that they have to give up more autonomy and they resent being told how to exercise their medical judgment." - Tommy Bohannon, Medscape Physician Survey, 4/24/2012.
"It is clear that the introduction of nearly 30 million new patients into the U.S. healthcare system through healthcare reform, added to the already growing physician shortage, will have profound implications for patient access to medical care...Combine this with changes in practice patterns that reduce the number of hours physicians spend seeing patients and the situation is truly alarming. These practice changes amount to a silent exodus of physicians from the workforce. When these lost hours are added up, we get a much fuller and more ominous picture of the kind of access crisis that patients may soon face." - Walker Ray, MD, The Physicians Foundation, September 24, 2012.
Stats of the Week:
77 - % of doctors pessimistic about the future of medicine.
92 - % of doctors unsure how they will fit into health care system 3-5 years from now.
54 - % of doctors who would choose medicine again as career (was 69% in 2011).
33 - % of doctors that spend > 10 hours per week on paperwork/administration.
40 - % of 850 medical students surveyed who had no opinion about the federal law.
1,773 hours - time needed per year for doctor to do all preventive screening recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
7.4 hours - time needed per day for doctor to do USPSTF screenings and counseling.
50+ - the tax rate on medical devices, including 15% Obamacare tax on profits.
1,000 - number of workers the device maker Stryker anticipates laying off.
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My doctor made the very intelligent decision to move to New Zealand. I have not yet found a replacement.
They have tried this in Great Brittan. Two such doctors decided to blow up an airport. The propane cylinders didn't go off, maybe they were better doctors than demolition experts?
MANY are just leaving the US - to ‘practice’ in another country where they will make more money with less taxation.
I think the best and brightest will set up shop in the Caribbean or Cent America. Boutique operations where wealthy Americans can find top medical care outside of Obamacare.
The rest of us will have to muddle along as best we can. The one “benefit” is that if they can reduce the life expectancy enough, the Soc Sec and Medicare funding problem goes away.
Get to know them, they may save your life.
My doctor went into CONCEIERGE MEDICINE, meaning I would have to pay $1,650 every year just to walk in his door, plus pay his regular charges. I had been with this doctor for 20 years but had to get a new one due to his doing this.
One day I got a form letter announcing what he did, and I had no doctor at that minute.
See Costa Rica
Don’t worry, they will replace your Dr, who has ten’s of thousands of hours of training, with a Nurse who has a few thousand hours of training. What could go wrong.
I will never leave the US. I have cut back. I plan to retire in 5 years as my youngest is 18. With the current situation I would not even suggest he go into Medicine. I am a Neurologist and my Uncle is an OB/GYN. I guess I am the last.
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And of course the main stream media is all over htis fact- reportign on it hourly as more and more docs refuse to take medicare, refuse to participate in socialized medicine because htey know it will bankrupt them etc etc etc- oh wait- the msm seems to be silent o nthe issue- wierd- one owudl have thought their crack reporters would be scooping htis national crisis- but because it’s happenign under their appointed messiah’s watch, not reporting on it must mean it’s not really happening-
Well, if you need an abortion in Californicate you are in luck...just about anyone who can handle a coat hanger can now perform abortions .... other necessary medical needs, not so much.
I received a letter from my ENT at the end of Sept that he was closing his practice effective 10/26. At my last visit we had a very in-depth conversation about Obamacare and everything that is going on, so yes, he has quit his successful practice specifically because of it.
“It is clear that the introduction of nearly 30 million new patients..”
Considering Obamacare adds 16000 new IRS agents...and NO new MD’s ...it is reasonable to assume that it is far less about healthcare than it is about more taxation...and collecting taxes from more people.
Hopefully this will get traction
You have no idea how true that is.
Mid-Eastern, Hispanic or Asian. Take your choice.
My son is 34 and just began his practice in orthopedic surgery - all that hard training, huge debt, and delayed life!!
He believes his hard earned career will be ruined before he can even pay back his school debt - let alone catching up with others his age who have been earning money throughout their 20’s.
you forgot “Filipino”...like my hubby.
Most, who are > 50 y/o will simply quit
The stress is just not worth it.
The Younger MD’s with children, loans, and limited saving
are to be pitied.
My wife’s OBGYN is in her early 60s and still paying back her school loans — and that’s from an era when med school was still somewhat affordable. Good luck to your son. Hopefully he can land some big-name pro-sports customers. Seems like sports medicine is where the money is these days. “Boutique practices” as the article calls them.
The family pratitioners I have gone to for the past 30 years have expanded and expanded and have built giant clinics. Just walked through one, lots of exam rooms, looks like they are going to be hiring lots of NPs and assistants and do more of a factory based outpatient setting.
They also have all specialities under their wings and refer there first. and have all imaging and labs other services in their different locations.
They actually should think of opening their own hosptial.
A neighbor of mine works as an ER Doc in Singapore. Works a month or so, home for a month or so. Seems to enjoy it.
Our family dr & our ENT are both against it. They will likely retire, they are old enough.
Our family dr & our ENT are both against it. They will likely retire, they are old enough.
Indeed. Anyone who's observed the British system for any length of time could predict this. Obamacare will drive highly skilled people to other employment. A shortage of physicians and nurses will result. The gap will be filled with domestic "90 day wonders" and frauds bearing 3rd world medical credentials. One need only look at the daily horror stories of patient "care" in the British press to see how this turns out.
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More likely Dr Patel or perhaps Dr Chang.
Asians will fill the vacuum
bump for later
There is a business in town [Plant City] that is closing up after several decades.Right after obana assumed power, I was in there to buy something and I talked with the owner and told him that obama was going to close him down by closing the businesses that supported [kept him in business]down. He looked at me like I did not know I was talking about. [I was going to write , he looked at me like I was stupid, but a lot of people do thaton a daily basis]And replied"No, he [obama] won't. He is going to make things better. Yesterday, I stopped in there and asked him,"Remember What I told you?" He replied in a bitter tone of voice, "Yes, I do and he did". Another lesson learned the hard way.
All the good and decent ones are going or will be gone by the time the pimple faced puss blobs that so gleefully put obama in power will need their services. They will be replaced with Affirmative Actions and political appointees that will not know one of a syringe from another. With the good doctors going, medical research will also accompany them.With obamacare the practice of medicine is beginning a journey back to the middle ages
I can’t afford vacation ,let alone medical tourism.