Skip to comments.50 million new patients? More primary docs a must
Posted on 09/14/2009 12:30:40 AM PDT by backtothestreets
BOSTON When Dr. Robert Flaherty launched a private practice in 2001, he soon found himself cramming in as many patients as possible to make ends meet, leaving little time to discuss with them the steps they could take to prevent future health troubles.
"I constantly felt that conflict of going faster than I should," said Flaherty, 40, of Mashpee, who gave up his practice after four years for a hospital post. "Everyone knows if you want to make a decent living, become a specialist; if you want to be banging your head, go into primary care."
Among the many hurdles facing President Barack Obama's plan to revamp the nation's health care system is a shortage of primary care physicians those legions of overworked doctors who provide the front line of medical care for both the sick and those hoping to stay healthy.
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Medical services are no different than any other service or commodity. Cut the supply and the costs will rise.
The current "healthcare crisis" is a sham created by the two political parties.
Threads that discuss the need for more docs attract good discussions from freeper docs. They tend to fight tooth and nail against training more doctors.
Import immigrant doctors!
Too important to fail - time for a bailout!
Oh wait, that’s just for cars and stuff, not people who try to save lives.
The number of medical schools has been increasing. Take a look. The University of Texas is opening a new one in Austin. DO schools are popping up across the country—most recently in Tennessee, if I recall.
That said, this isn’t going to solve the problem of the shortage of primary care doctors. When you get paid far, far less than a specialist and are forced to cram you appointments into 10-minute windows, spending maybe a quarter of your time in dictation, you’re just not going to go that route.
I actually know docs in rural locations who just had to pack up their operations and leave because their nurses were making more than they were and they felt as if they were wronging their patients in shortening appointment lengths.
This is the affect of Medicare’s ever shrinking rates of reimbursement for primary care and the far more lucrative practices of imaging and procedures. In many classes, the number of radiologists far, far exceeds the number of primary care doctors, and there’s a reason for that.
Then there’s the other issue: who wants to start their career at 33, with $250k in student loans, making 125-130k per year?
By the time the government steals “their share,” well, you’ve got a pretty punitive student load debt to pay off.
How many young people and willing foreigners will sign up for the "Corps" just so they can get the Dr. after their name?
50 million new patients? I doubt it. Even the uninsured are already getting health care in this country so there would be no additional patients as a result of Socialist
Government Health Care. What there would be is a mass exodus of doctors due to government price controls.
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