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Do you think more Doctors will stop practicing when ObamaCare takes full effect in 2014?

a few patients in Scottsdale, Ariz., got a small taste of life under Obamacare last week when they arrived at their Dermatologist’s office only to see a sign with the following taped to the front door:

“If you voted for Obamacare, be aware these doors will close before it goes into effect.” The note is signed Joseph M. Scherzer M.D. and includes the following addendum: “****Unless Congress or the Courts repeal the BILL.”

Scherzer, who attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, has been a practicing Dermatologist in Scottsdale, Ariz., since 1976. Reached yesterday at his office, Dr. Scherzer, 63, said he plans to stop practicing before 2014 when the bill’s full impact will be felt because he refuses to deal with the headache of increased government involvement in health care.

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 12:07 PM on Apr. 14, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Scherzer said the bill’s emphasis on punitive measures for physicians not following government-prescribed treatment methods under Medicare would increase his anxiety level to the point he would no longer be able to practice medicine. The maximum fine was previously $10,000; under the bill it will now be capped at $50,000. Scherzer said the fine system makes seeing a Medicare patients a difficult and stressful exercise.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:10 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • Yes. I believe that there will also be fewer College-"kids" who are willing to do what it takes to become a doctor. It's hard work to become a doctor, but it's suppose to pay off in the end....but,'s just not the way it will be.

    Answer by TimandMely4ever at 12:10 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • One of the pediatricians I worked for retired when our state changed it's Medicaid policies and forced him to take less money for the same services.

    With the 20% cut in Medicare payments, and the increased regulations, I see many doctors choosing to retire a few years earlier than planned.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 12:14 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • Mine probably will. He was vehemently against the bill and he has an aging clientele. I don't see him busting his ass at his age to take less money and more liability.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 12:15 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • Oh hell yes Most older Drs will not think it is worth it to practice under Obamas thumb. It's already said we will need 150,000 Drs in the next 10 yrs. Even so there is not enough funding for those to go through their residency. Bet you didn't know the government paid for most of those. That means hospitals will have to pay for their many of their own new Drs to go through residency. Obama wants to give favors to those who are willing to be GPs or General surgeons. That will keep many out of the practice as it is. It's much more expensive to be a specialist and it will be harder and more expensive now to get those degrees. So not only will we have Drs retiring we will have fewer applying.. a double wammy. And people say there will be no waiting or rationing.. Haha

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 12:19 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • Doctors who are true to their vocation will never stop practicing because of this, the greedy ones might.

    Answer by older at 12:20 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • I think MANY Dr.'s will do the same. and like another poster said, being a Dr. is supposed to pay off in the end, so not only will you have Dr.'s stopping their practice, but FEWER people willing to do the work involved to become a Dr.

    goverment healthcare will be the biggest mistake this country has EVER made. not only will the government be paying these Dr.'s (and probably CHEAPLY) but they will also be able to CHOOSE who gets "medical services". no more elective procedures and talk about LONG waiting lists for people who need organs and such. ask any Canadian, it's a MISTAKE!

    the government needs to STAY out of our personal decisions. if you think they are going to stop at healthcare, THINK AGAIN! next thing we know they're going to spread their grasp and control!


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:22 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • Doctors who are true to their vocation will never stop practicing because of this, the greedy ones might.

    Doctors who are true to their vocation are willing to lose money? Doctors are expected to LOSE 20% for each medicare patient.  A loss in money means less available funds for top of the line equipment and supplies, less staff, etc...  So, they either STOP taking medicare patients, limit the number they take, or leave the business...  But it is all based on greed, huh?  Not the technology, equipment, or staff salaries...  WOW, interesting analogy you have older.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:23 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • Doctors who are true to their vocation will never stop practicing

    I agree with this to a point. If someone became a Dr. because of a genuine want to help others, then this won't cause them to end their career. While I don't agree that all other's are greedy, those who end their practices obviously entered the profession with money as A primary reason.

    Answer by DusterMommy at 12:31 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • Following Older's logic, teachers should be willing to accept a 20% pay cut, because if they were truly devoted to their students, they would gladly suffer. And firefighters and policemen should take a 20% pay cut too!

    If only Congress was willing to take the same 20% pay cut they are imposing on doctors. If only we could sue them for malpractice....


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:33 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

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