Remember when Obamacare was still in the voting stages? That period of time when no one knew what was in it, because they hadn’t passed it yet? (because apparently we pass laws without even finding what the law says now). I remember that time and it was glorious.
It was a time when we had the luxury of actual doctors, who had completed medical school, prescribing medication and spending at least a whisper of time with each patient.
Then the bill, that no one had actually read, passed and the things all went downhill from there.
In April and May of 2012 the Doctor Patient Medical Association Foundation (DPMA) conducted a study of 700 doctors over 45 or more states (some doctors did not provide geographic locations) on the state of Doctor’s Attitudes on the Future of Medicine and what they found didn’t point to a bright future for the medical field.
Here are some of their key findings.
- 90% say the medical system is on the WRONG TRACK
- 83% say they are thinking about QUITTING
- 65% say GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT is most to blame for current problems
- 72% say individual insurance mandate will NOT result in improved access care
- 49% say they will STOP accepting Medicaid patients
- 74% say they will STOP ACCEPTING Medicare patients, or leave Medicare completely
- 70% say REDUCING GOVERNMENT would be single best fix.
Pretty grim findings, but I’m most worried about that second number. 83% of doctors are considering quitting because of Obamacare? I know that some already have in my area and others are planning to shut their offices when full implementation of the “affordable” healthcare act begins.
You know what happens when you increase the number of people of people with insurance by millions and the decrease the number of doctors available?
- Medical rationing
- lowered standards of care
The first is bad enough, but the second point is intolerable when you consider that we live in a country where you currently more likely to be killed through medial malpractice than you are by a gun.
Do we really want fewer doctors seeing more patients at double, or triple, the speed they do now?
Or worse, will we not be seeing doctors (MDs) at all?
Instead you would see an nurse only, or your pharmicist, or an Optometrist, who would treat you.
I’m not saying that any of these groups of people are incompetent, but they are not doctors!
No matter how much on the job training or experience they have accrued they are not going to have received the same training and potentially will not know how to provide proper patient care in all circumstances.
But who the hell cares I guess. I mean the school nurses in New York City (and who knows where else at this point) can give your daughter the morning after pill without your consent or knowledge, and Plan B has some nasty side effects, so what should it matter if a pharmacist is prescribing medication instead of just dispensing it.
If getting free healthcare means I have to be seen by someone who is playing doctor, I’m going to be praying that I don’t get sick and if I do…I’ll take my chances.