Watch for chiropractors to also lobby hard to be primary care providers. Obamacare will reduce primary medical care to waiting in long lines in some government clinic for a 10 minute visit with a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner. Referral to see an actual doctor might take weeks or months and referral to see medical specialists will be routinely denied. Large specialty groups like the Mayo Clinic will cater primarily to foreigners and those with the money to pay cash. I also expect private clinics to spring up offshore where those with the cash can be seen by real doctors and specialists.
What is now the middle class will be ever forced into peonage and will be required to be treated by these doctors. The politicians and the very rich will get the finest American doctors.
DeathCare and HIPAA, both laws enacted by Congress, are diametrically opposed with regard to records and dissemination. To obey one and not the other is a crime, with steep penalties.
C’mon ambulance chaser, there has to be at least one of your profession with integrity enough to step forward and attack this invasion of privacy. It is cruel and unusual punishment.
For the individual, do not consent to your doctor sharing information without your consent. Sue them if they don’t comply.
As I understand it, California is already pursuing the enabling of nurses and other less-trained medical professionals to perform abortions.
A family member of mine currently in nursing school is being trained on how to give a complete physical, for what it’s worth.
Thanks to Obama we have already received presidential amateurism from some guy who lacked the proper leadership training.
Where I live Nurse Practitioners are taking over.
I went to a Neurologist and was found to have Peripheral Neuropathy, I saw the doctor there once, it’s been his nurse practitioner ever since.
finding out what’s in it bump
The Barefoot Doctor.
Obama can’t wait to fill any doctor shortage by importing “doctors” from Muslim countries, as Britain has done in their National Health Service.
“Thanks to ObamaCare, You May Soon Get Medical Treatment from People Who Lack Medical Training” yes but they’ll be wearing condoms while they work on us so it will be just fine. Besides pointing out untrained doctors never fed a hungry child - none did it? I’m waiting!
“I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV. Mostly in Obamacare commercials on the steps of the White Hut”.
I remember the fellow travelers were very proud of the “barefoot doctors” in China and Cuba back in the Cold War days, and liked to compare their raw numbers to American doctors for propaganda purposes. The same bunch is obviously still at it.
Hey, we have politicians running the country with no job experience or qualifications. If they can run a whole country, why can’t non doctors deal with a few paltry open heart surgeries
>>>The fees charged are key to the story. If optometrists and nurse practitioners can get states to see them on a par with MDs, they can charge fees on a par with MDs, and they can expand their practices to take on revenue-generating services that most states do not currently allow them to perform.
Bingo. Medical Doctors have been a coddle, protected vocation ever since the “Flexner Report” of 1910, which shut down many private medical schools around the country and permitted only “government approved” ones to remain open, thus limiting the supply of doctors, driving up fees, and using government to forcibly limit the kinds of choices patients would like to have regarding their own health. Doctors are simply unhappy that non-MD healthcare providers are starting to muscle in on their income.
Obviously, if a healthcare provider is not an MD but claims to be so, then he is committing fraud and should be punished for it. But I don’t think that’s what concerns the author of this article and his surgeon friend. It’s obvious to me especially after having studied the views of Milton Friedman on this issue closely that they are unhappy about the lack of government *protection* of their market share.
Sorta’ on topic. My dog had an eye injury. The regular vet treated her but she didn’t get any better. So, after charging me $150 she sent me to a dog opthalmologist. I did’t know they existed either. He charged me $165 and reccommended a procedure where he scratches the cornea with a needle to get the cells to start growing to promote healing of the injury. The charge was $1,385. I told him I’d get a second oppinion. He didn’t like that. We took the dog to see another dog opthalmologist who is the opthalmologist on call for Texas A&M. She did the same procedure for $100 and the dog’s eye healed.
So, the first vet simply took my money. The second tried to rip me off. I finally found an honest and capable vet but I still spent $315 on quacks and crooks.
This is on dogs. Can you imagine what people will be going through?