Shocker: Doctors hate Obamacare

Report: 83 percent of doctors have considered quitting over Obamacare

Daily Caller: Eighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, according to a survey released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association (DPMA).

The DPMA, a non-partisan association of doctors and patients, surveyed a random selection of 699 doctors nationwide. The survey found that the majority have thought about bailing out of their careers over the legislation, which was upheld last month by the Supreme Court.

Even if doctors do not quit their jobs over the ruling, America will face a shortage of at least 90,000 doctors by 2020. The new health care law increases demand for physicians by expanding insurance coverage. This change will exacerbate the current shortage as more Americans live past 65.

By 2025 the shortage will balloon to over 130,000, Len Marquez, the director of government relations at the American Association of Medical Colleges, told The Daily Caller.  “One of our primary concerns is that you’ve got an aging physician workforce and you have these new beneficiaries — these newly insured people — coming through the system,” he said. “There will be strains and there will be physician shortages.”

The DPMA found that many doctors do not believe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will lead to better access to medical care for the majority of Americans, co-founder of the DPMA Kathryn Serkes told TheDC.

“Doctors clearly understand what Washington does not — that a piece of paper that says you are ‘covered’ by insurance or ‘enrolled’ in Medicare or Medicaid does not translate to actual medical care when doctors can’t afford to see patients at the lowball payments, and patients have to jump through government and insurance company bureaucratic hoops,” she said.

The American Medical Association, which endorsed Obama’s health care overhaul, was not able to immediately offer comment on the survey. Spokesperson Heather Lasher Todd said it would take time to review the information in the survey.

Janelle Davis of the American Academy of Family Physicians said the AAFP could not provide thoughtful commentary without studying the survey’s findings and methodology.

My doctor told me this was going to be a nightmare two years ago.  The massive paperwork (or electronic documentation), the number of patients the doctors will have to see (get ‘em in and get ‘em out), the reimbursement process, etc.  He’s not thrilled with it at all – an neither am I.  November is the time: Vote to either repeal Obamacare or face the fact that our medical system as we know it will be over. 

DCG

7 responses to “Shocker: Doctors hate Obamacare

  1. I worry about my kids and grandkids. They are going to have a very different life than I had. When I was a kid, my folks just signed a slip, got a monthly bill in the mail, and paid it off as they could. Good old- timey doctor.

  2. 83%?!?! That rocks! It’s too bad we can’t get all of them to actually threaten to DO it unless the government reverses this! I wish all the sane conservative people could all congregate and live together, and split off from these communist lunatics. I wonder if this garbage is going to trigger a civil war.

  3. My small-town doctor sold her practice to a corporation last year because she couldn’t handle all the regulatory burdens and was afraid of what the future holds. She will remain as an employee for another 4 years. I don’t recognize the place any more. People I’ve never seen asking questions that are none of their business not related to my health. I hate it already.

  4. And most Demo-rats don’t realize they should quit while they’re behind on this one yet.

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