For all the times that President Obama promised "you'll get to keep your doctor" under his health-care reforms, he apparently failed to ask any practicing doctors.
A recent survey finds that countless MDs will respond to ObamaCare by limiting which patients they'll see.
The Physicians Foundation asked 2,400 doctors and American Medical Association members what they thought of the new law; a full 67 percent were against it.
More important, it asked how they'd cope with the new rules (which don't fully kick in until 2014). Sixty percent said they feel compelled to "close or significantly restrict their practices to certain categories of patients." And 59 percent said the "reform" would oblige them to spend less time with the patients they do have.
Of course, many doctors already limit how many patients they'll take on who depend on government insurance (whose fees rarely cover an MD's costs). But it'll get worse under ObamaCare: In the survey, some 87 percent said they would significantly restrict Medicare patients and 93 percent said they'd significantly restrict Medicaid patients.
Answer by goodwitch399 at 8:36 AM on Dec. 13, 2010
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:09 PM on Dec. 12, 2010
Answer by lovinangels at 11:28 PM on Dec. 12, 2010
Answer by NotPanicking at 7:40 PM on Dec. 12, 2010
Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 7:42 PM on Dec. 12, 2010
It sucks but it's the bottom line that matters. If they can't make enough money to make a salary for themselves and pay for over head, nurses, front and back office workers and all of the associated costs of employing people then something will have to suffer. It sucks, but I totally understand it (the Dr.'s - not this clusterf*ck called Health Care Reform).
Answer by QuinnMae at 7:42 PM on Dec. 12, 2010
Answer by yourspecialkid at 7:59 PM on Dec. 12, 2010
Dr's can pay tens of thousands of dollars a year for malpractice insurance
I worked for a pediatric Neurologist from 93-96. At that time he paid over $100,000 a year in malpractice insurance and had never had a claim. I can't imagine what he pays now. Want to know why I support tort reform? Decreasing doctors' expenses would bring costs down.
Answer by sopranomommy at 9:40 PM on Dec. 12, 2010
Answer by agentwanda at 12:45 AM on Dec. 13, 2010
Just curious, how does your OB/GYN support this bill when it requires everyone to have insurance? Especially if he despises insurance companies?
Answer by QuinnMae at 8:28 PM on Dec. 12, 2010