It gets worse, just heard on local radio show that if the sequester happens they will cut 2% from Medicare, that 2% will be on payments to providers.
More doctors are going to quit.
For what it’s worth I have a member of my extended family who is currently in nursing school, and she says they are all being trained now on how to give a complete physical.
With the liberal obsession with equality it dont matter if any service (but especially healthcare) is horrible, just as long as its equally horrible the owners(political class)of the Liberal Plantation of course, are exempt from any equality imposed (enforced top down) on the rest of us (aka the lessers). One does ponder any “Healthcare reform” that provides for 15,000 more IRS agents and NO more doctors???
RE: More doctors are going to quit.
What if a law was written making it difficult for Doctors to even quit? (e.g., you get a special and onerous EXIT TAX just for quitting your practice ).
Unconstitutional you say? Heck, wealthy people cannot even give up American Citizenship without being TAXED by the IRS. What makes one think that such a law can’t be passed under this administration with Pelosi and Reed?
If they can FORCE religious institutions to go against their beliefs to provide contraceptives, morning after pills and abortificents, etc., antagonizing doctors should be a breeze ( and no, Justice John Roberts and 4 others on the SCOTUS bench won’t be there to defend your rights either ).
Maybe we can train up enough shamans and witch doctors to cover the shortage, and they may use feather headdresses and drum chants to effect cures.
There still won’t be enough nurse practitioners to make up for the doctor shortage. The new crop of nurses will be fleeing to Arizona and Texas, too.