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Obamacare worries small family practices
Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 20, 2013 | by Robert Calandra

Posted on 10/20/2013 8:16:16 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Tom Shaffrey is an old-fashioned family doctor, the kind who calls his patients by their first name and can tell the severity of their problem just by listening to them.

But he's worried that he and other small New Jersey primary-care physicians won't be able to keep practicing their brand of personal medicine because insurers are elbowing them out of business through narrow provider networks in the new plans under the Affordable Care Act.

No one knows for sure if narrow networks and the tiering system created by insurers to control costs is having an effect on the availability of doctors in Pennsylvania.

"We frankly haven't heard from" our members, said Brent Ennis, of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians.

"We have no way to know exactly how this is going to play out, but the indication is that our members will be dropped, will be excluded from seeing patients that they may have known for a majority of their lives," said Shaffrey, president of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians. "I think it is going to have a tremendous impact."

(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; exchanges; failure; obamacare; obamacaredoctors; pennsylvania; rinocare
Forward!!
1 posted on 10/20/2013 8:16:16 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The design of ACA is to put these pratices out of business. It has been doing a good job of that for over a year.


2 posted on 10/20/2013 8:22:50 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (On the evening of 10/16/13, the ailing republican party breathed its last breath.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The very purpose of Obamacare is to destroy all small businesses, including private medical practices.

The big-government/big-corporate criminal complex doesn't want a bigger pie with them have a portion of it. They just want the whole pie. They don't care if it gets smaller.

3 posted on 10/20/2013 8:27:21 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

If the doc has any brains, he’d be planning his early retirement. He (and his kind) are goners. On the plus side, it is an opportunity for him to move out of LIB-haven NJ.


4 posted on 10/20/2013 8:32:40 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Me?

1. Solo Private Practice: specialty - psychiatry. Handwritten notes and prescriptions.

2. Endangered Species: increasingly toxic habitat; dwindling food supply; increase in numbers, ferocity and cunning of legal and regulatory predators.


5 posted on 10/20/2013 8:37:50 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Pretty soon doctors are going to have to unionize to
make a buck. The answer is always more communism with the
tards. Don’t feel sorry for the doctors nor the
insurance companies. They should have been fighting those
commie tort lawyers instead of caving in and paying out of
court settlements. What we really need is tort reform and
better trained doctors. When it all settles it all comes
down to bad doctors who should have never been allowed to
practice medicine in the first place. Those are the ones
who created the foothold for the tards to worm their way in.


6 posted on 10/20/2013 8:40:11 AM PDT by Slambat
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Why don’t Indians (er, excuse me, Native Americans) open up clinics and hospitals on their lands? They could offer doctors the opportunity to practice medicine as they would like, without the burdens of state and federal mandates and insurance? Just a thought...


7 posted on 10/20/2013 8:42:14 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

My small town doctor notified me a month ago that he was closing his doors effective January 1, 2014.


8 posted on 10/20/2013 8:43:59 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The AMA led the lobbying charge to get obamacare through. I can’t feel so sorry for doctors.


9 posted on 10/20/2013 9:02:41 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; Travis McGee
No problem, ObozoScare has the replacement docs ready to go:


10 posted on 10/20/2013 9:18:34 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Get our troops out of the middle east and let Allah sort out the Islamofascist losers!)
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To: SaraJohnson

Only 15% of the AMA are practicing doctors, the rest are
researchers or administrators.


11 posted on 10/20/2013 9:41:11 AM PDT by OregonRancher (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints)
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To: DH

Two doctors known to me: one closes private practice and retires at early age. Second closes private practice and goes to work for a hospital. Both cite ACA as the reason.


12 posted on 10/20/2013 9:41:22 AM PDT by Captain7seas
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The Government issues those licenses to practice, they can take them away.
When enough Doctors don't take or Practice Zerocare you can bet the legislation will move forward to force them into the service of Socialism or lose that license.
And I do expect the GOP to tow the line of enforcement, afterall, it's for the children and elderly.
13 posted on 10/20/2013 9:44:51 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Captain7seas
I went to my PCP on Friday. He was a part of a medical practice group but now he is part of the megahospital system in my hometown. I asked him if he wanted things that way and he said he didn't have much choice. He didn't elaborate.

He has expressed that Obamacare is going to make things worse to me in the past.

He was not the same doctor on Friday I've gone to in the past. He seemed like what people are like when they have given up. Hopefully he's still adjusting and in the process of acceptance.

I work for the same big hospital system also and I had gone straight from work for my appointment. It was strange seeing him with an ID badge just like mine (except for the name and title and picture).

14 posted on 10/20/2013 10:53:21 AM PDT by 3catsanadog (I love my country; I don't like its government)
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To: Slambat
“What we really need is tort reform...”

You are from Texas and Texas has already done tort reform several years ago. The amount a person can get from suing doctors is now limited and if the “patient” loses the case, he/she must pay all court costs. That stopped frivolous cases.

When this tort reform happened, doctors began to flood to Texas and more people had to be hired in the state medical department to handle all the doctor requests to come to Texas. I know this for a fact as my best friend was on the state medical board at that time.

I believe Texas has more doctors per capita than any other state due to tort reform.

15 posted on 10/20/2013 10:55:54 AM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; P.O.E.

Ping to PA’s (and the US) downfall.


16 posted on 10/20/2013 11:30:47 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Pining_4_TX

They have shamans. They got the herbs and stuff to heal things.


17 posted on 10/20/2013 2:39:52 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: SaraJohnson

Thing is, a LOT of doctors do not, and have dropped out of, the AMA because of it’s increasingly left leaning worldview.

The AMA doesn’t speak for the majority of doctors. There are other societies and groups that doctors belong to.


18 posted on 10/20/2013 2:41:01 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: MaxMax

Obama’s plan is to cover the medical school bills if you work a certain number of years where the regime wants you to.


19 posted on 10/20/2013 2:42:13 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: 3catsanadog

Instead of acceptance I’d rather see my doctor with a spirit of rebelliousness against this bullsh1t.


20 posted on 10/20/2013 2:43:12 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: brityank; fatima; Fresh Wind; st.eqed; xsmommy; House Atreides; Nowhere Man; South Hawthorne; ...
PA Ping!

If you see posts of interest to Pennsylvanians, please ping me.

Thanks!

Thanks brityank for the heads up

21 posted on 10/20/2013 5:35:32 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Pining_4_TX
Why don’t Indians (er, excuse me, Native Americans)...

I prefer the term Siberian-Americans.

22 posted on 10/21/2013 7:39:54 AM PDT by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got eight? NRA Life Member])
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To: Secret Agent Man; pallis

Well, if they want to continue to get their care from shamans and even worse government health care, then that’s fine, but they are always looking for ways to make a buck. I doubt they would mind hosting doctors, clinics, and hospitals for non-Indians.


23 posted on 10/21/2013 1:24:59 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: rmh47

Ha, ha, I like that!

To be completely correct, we are all Garden of Eden-Americans. ;-)


24 posted on 10/21/2013 1:25:51 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: P.O.E.; brityank; fatima; Fresh Wind; st.eqed; xsmommy; House Atreides; Nowhere Man; ...

PA Ping

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/10/23/pa-house-speaker-wont-rule-out-kathleen-kane-impeachment/

Jump on it, Pennsy, folks.

PA House Speaker Darly Metcalf wants to remove Democrat activist AG Kane!!!

Let’s win this one.

Colorado won their recall against activist Dems... We can win this one too.


25 posted on 10/24/2013 5:14:34 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: brityank; fatima; Fresh Wind; st.eqed; xsmommy; House Atreides; Nowhere Man; South Hawthorne; ...
PA Ping!

If you see posts of interest to Pennsylvanians, please ping me.

Thanks!

Thanks brityank for the heads up

26 posted on 10/24/2013 3:21:44 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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