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We Are Heading For The Greatest Doctor Shortage In American History

Emergency Room - Photo by Thierry GeoffroyThe United States already has an emerging shortage of doctors, and thanks to Obamacare that shortage is about to become much, much worse.  Right now, the U.S. has close to a million doctors, and about half of them are over the age of 50.  Many of them are beginning to wonder if practicing medicine is worth it anymore.  In some specialties, treating Medicaid and Medicare patients pays so little that many doctors are now turning them away.  Other doctors are charging their regular patients enormous amounts in order to make up for the money that they are losing on Medicaid and Medicare patients.  And of course the paperwork and the red tape imposed on doctors by the health insurance companies and the federal government gets worse with each passing year.  Some doctors actually spend more time filling out paperwork and dealing with red tape than they do seeing patients.  On top of everything else, there is the constant and never-ending threat of being sued by predatory lawyers and losing everything.  The giant malpractice insurance premiums that many doctors have to pay are an extreme financial burden on many practices.  When you add it all together, it really is not surprising to learn that large numbers of doctors all over the nation are being driven into bankruptcy.  Unfortunately, Obamacare is going to make all of the problems that I have just discussed even worse.  This is going to result in much longer waits to see a doctor, and the level of health care in this country is going to go down substantially.

Most Americans don’t realize that we already have a shortage of doctors in this country.  According to CBS News, right now there is “a shortage of 20,000 doctors nationwide”.

But that isn’t too bad.  We could get by with that.

Unfortunately, at the moment close to half of all doctors in the United States are over the age of 50.  And thanks to Obamacare and other changes in the health care industry, many of them are fed up and would like to retire.

And this comes at a time when our population is rapidly aging and our nation will need more doctors than ever.

According to CBS News, it is now being projected that we will need an additional 52,000 primary care physicians by the year 2025.

Please note that the statistic I just mentioned is just for primary care physicians.  Overall, the American Association of Medical Colleges has projected that we will experience a shortage of more than 150,000 doctors over the next 15 years.

And all of the numbers above assume that we will not see mass doctor retirements due to Obamacare.

Unfortunately, a whole host of polls and surveys of doctors in recent years indicate that is exactly what we might end up seeing.  One of these surveys was discussed in a recent Washington Times article

A Physicians Foundation biennial survey of 13,000 doctors found that 60 percent would choose to retire today if they could. This is up from 45 percent when the survey was done in 2008, two years before the law was enacted.

At the moment, there are about 960,000 doctors in the United States.

So what would happen if 200,000 of them suddenly decided to leave the medical profession?

That is a frightening thing to think about.

And a lot of doctors are also indicating that they have absolutely no plans to take any Obamacare patients.  For instance, a recent survey of New York doctors found that those that are currently signing up for Obamacare may have a very, very hard time finding doctor…

New York doctors are treating ObamaCare like the plague, a new survey reveals.

A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not participating in the nation’s new health-care plan.

Another 33 percent say they’re still not sure whether to become ObamaCare providers.

Only 23 percent of the 409 physicians queried said they’re taking patients who signed up through health exchanges.

We are entering a time when the U.S. medical industry is experiencing a massive transition.  Gone are the days of the friendly family doctor that would care for you and your children from the cradle to the grave.  Those old school physicians are slowly but surely leaving the profession.  One notable example of this was recently chronicled by the Chicago Tribune

It’s not often that a doctor attracts national attention for charging too little. But that is exactly what happened to one small-town Illinois physician who is hanging up his stethoscope after almost 60 years of practicing medicine.

Against the contentious debate over health care reform, Dr. Russell Dohner achieved notoriety for charging just $5 per office visit — a fee that’s remained unchanged since the 1970s and is roughly the equivalent of a large latte today.

Once upon a time, doctors and patients enjoyed a very special relationship in this country.

But now that has all changed.  Today, the federal government, state governments, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, health administrators and a whole host of others have gotten between doctor and patient, and it is ruining the industry.

So what is the solution?

How will America deal with the coming doctor shortage?

Well, apparently Obama thinks that making Americans pay much more for health coverage will work.  After all, if our out-of-pocket costs go up, won’t we be less likely to seek medical help?

One 60-year-old registered nurse that has been fighting cancer for six years was absolutely horrified when she learned that her current policy was being canceled and that she would be forced to purchase a much more expensive one…

I’m a 60-year-old registered nurse with an individual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BC/BS) PPO policy. I have been battling cancer for 6 years. I recently received a letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield stating that my existing policy is being canceled as of Dec. 31 because it doesn’t cover certain benefits required under Obamacare. I was devastated. Next, I was bewildered as I was told repeatedly by President Obama that I COULD KEEP MY POLICY! What happened to that promise? In addition, I’ve been with the same plan for over 6 years. Why shouldn’t I be “grandfathered?”

It turns out that her out-of-pocket costs for health care are going to be going up somewhere between $4,500-$6,500 per year…

After a sleepless night, I learned that I could choose from a Gold, Silver, or Bronze plan (HMO or PPO) being offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield. As my doctor doesn’t accept HMO plans, my best choice would probably be the Bronze or Gold PPO. However, my premiums and out-of-pocket costs are INCREASING $4,500-$6,500 per year. What happened to saving $2,500 per year as purported by the current administration? Also, these rates include a 10-percent federal tax … so much for “no new taxes!”

And a lot of other Americans are discovering that the high deductibles under Obamacare are going to make going to the doctor an extremely expensive proposition.  The following is from a recent American Thinker article

In a recent conversation, a good buddy enraged by his new private insurance premiums and $5,800-per-year deductible said something that struck me as undoubtedly prophetic.

“I’d literally need to be dying before I would start paying this ridiculous deductible for routine care.”

Under ObamaCare, those who work for a living incur massive premium and deductible increases to subsidize those that cannot or will not provide their own insurance. In the universe of ObamaCare, unless you are among the privileged dependency class that enjoys free health care, gone are the days when cautionary calls can be made to the doctor because a child has a stomachache or bad cough, because such calls will cost you five hundred bucks or so.

So maybe we won’t have such a huge doctor shortage after all since most Americans won’t be able to afford to go see a doctor anyway.

And the number of Americans going out of the country for medical care will certainly increase as well.  According to Deloitte Consulting, a whopping 875,000 Americans were “medical tourists” in 2010.  As Obamacare is fully implemented, it is inevitable that we will see that number soar well over a million.

Is this how we will get back to equilibrium?  By making health care so expensive that nobody can even afford it?

Please feel free to share what you think about all of this by posting a comment below…

  • Rodster

    No Obamacare for me and I refuse to pay the penalty. How about the doctors in the Midwest who are only taking cash patients and are willing to barter and they will save the patient 75-80% of what it would normally cost if they want through their insurance?

    • http://Silverbulletenterprises.com Scott

      Hey Rodster,
      You should check out the full implications of the legislation.
      The “option” of “refusing to pay” the “penalty” does not exist. At least, not in any meaningful way, because “The Act” gave the IRS “real time access” to your bank accounts, brokerage accounts, etc.
      When the IRS says “you owe”, they can just TAKE.
      Congress just sold us into SLAVERY!

  • James

    I guess in hindsight, the ACA is neither affordable, or meant for care. Obummercare, Obamacareless, Obamadon’tcare, you name it!! Within months, a year tops, I bet the ACA will be viewed not as anything to do with healthcare. In fact I will go as far as to say that this bill signed by Obama was NEVER meant to be healthcare reform, or anything healthcare related in the first place! What it truly was that he signed that day was akin to divorce papers. Yes, that’s right, divorce papers! The ACA is in its true form, the final divorce papers between the health insurance industry, and ethics/accountability/reason/sanity et al. That is in my opinion, what we are seeing in its early stages, at the time of this post. And if I am wrong, I will be genuinely shocked! That is my $0.02.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    Any regular reader of the English press on-line will know the NHS AKA the National Health Service is crumbling. Every week there is new story about sub standard care, shortages of Nurses, Doctors, Hospitals top heavy with administrators.
    Every time the left tries to “improve” a situation they wind up making it worse. O Care is no exception people rates have gone to the moon and the fines have not kicked in yet. Like the NHS care will collapse there will be Shortage of Doctors (Stated above) nurses and people will die.

  • Uh-Huh

    I use Obaaaaaaamacare when referring to this nightmare created by Comrade O.

  • Rod

    This is EXACTLY what the USA needs. No doctors and an unaffordable healthcare system.
    Then people will have to be accountable to themselves for their health.
    Why is that good ?
    Well, look at the MASSIVE burden that the idiots,drunks,smokers,obese,druggies etc are to the system now.
    Make them realise that there isn’t going to a safety net when their stupidity catches up with them, and that they may die, and they’ll have to turn their lives around, and that can only be a good thing.

    • greyprepper

      Ahem… for starters, I am a smoker and I’m much healthier than you. Perfect blood work, excellent fitness and cardiovascular health… yeah. Grandparents on both sides lived to be well over 80 (smokers as well). Anyhoo, if you’re blood work is not as good as my smokin’ a$$, you are a massive burden to the system and should pay my deductible :)

      • http://Silverbulletenterprises.com Scott

        Greyprepper,
        You may be in perfect health.
        You may live a long, disease free life without placing a burden on the healthcare system.
        Sadly, for smokers, that makes you anomalous.
        In the real world, those on the edges of the “bell curve” (healthier or sicker than their peers) wind up paying more for less, or less for more.
        Alternatives do not actually exist in any form of “shared risk pool ” which is what insurance is all about.

  • Georgiaboy61

    As if the obstacles posed by socialized medicine, aka Obamacare, aren’t enough to dissuade would-be physicians – the medical education industrial complex adds to these by severely restricting entrance into medical school.

    The American Medical Association acts as a de facto cartel which limits entrants into the field in the name of bidding up wages for physicians – patient welfare and the needs of society be damned. The medical education community goes along with the AMA because restricting supply allows them to keep demand for their services – and thus tuition and fees -high.

    The hoops one has to jump through to become a physician keep multiplying – and that doesn’t even get into the giant up-front costs of the training or the years of effort required. No wonder my brother – a physician for some 30 years – has talked his son out of entering medicine as a career field.

    • Hammerstrike

      Thanks.

  • Marc Iao

    WHY DO YOU THINK THEY WANT TO LEGALIZE THE MEXICANS?

  • http://N/A Teresa

    Personally speaking, this isn’t a big shock to me as it is to a lot people that had faith in obama, that believed his lies. As a matter in fact its hard for me to even see people and their reactions to their insurance companies, when they get that fateful letter.
    This bill (obamacare) is going to destroy a huge number on State medical assistance programs, Medicare patiences, the very young, pregnant, cancer sufferers, look at some of your family and friends, how many are on life long medications? I know why obama is doing this. And at this point on the stage of desperation, you to should realize just how many people with severe health issues will not be able to go on.

    • Syrin

      You wonder why ?!?!?!

      SERIOUSLY ?!?!?!

      So when all of America loses health insurance which is NOT a right, the only solution that will be considered will be the single payer system. Then the ENTIRE COUNTRY IS UNDER GOV’T CONTROL AND DEPENDENCE !!! It’s a liberal utopia where everyone gets to elect Fuhrer #1 or Fuhrer #2.

      • http://Silverbulletenterprises.com Scott

        To paraphrase an “old Soviet saying”
        Old Boss. … New Boss … All Bosses SAME

  • Syrin

    I’m a physician, and have been warning people about this for YEARS now. Now, I hope that most liberals have to wait months if not longer for access to an MD. It ca;;ed schadenfreude. I’ll be out of medicine within the next two years as will most of my colleagues who don’t appreciate being indentured servants with life altering student loan debt.

  • http://www.silverbulletenterprises.com Scott

    The plan to deny care … at some level … to all of us is obvious.
    This might not be all bad.

    Unnecessary deaths caused by physician & hospital errors exceed 200,000 annually.
    Deaths due to PROPERLY PRESCRIBED & ADMINISTERED MEDICATIONS exceed 100,000 annually.

    The unnecessary DEATH toll, due to our medical system, not including the ruined lives caused by bad vaccines, makes it one of the riskiest endeavors one can be involved with.

    As I said, maybe a bit “less involvement” won’t be a bad thing.

  • RKB

    What they did in Europe was import doctors from Asia and other countries. An MD spends 10 years education and training in the US. Big investment to now make some politician look good.

  • JB Smith

    Read “A Note on Uberveillance” by M. D. Michael. Newport News Police and Virginia State Police had Dr. Lawrence Chang implant me w/o my knowledge and consent with a biochip. It enables torture. They use it as a sensor and pulse energy projectiles at you. I had a heart attack. It enables voice to skull communication. See LRAD white papers or audio spotlight by Holosonics. See Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence by Springer page 9. See Mental Health and Terrorism by Amin Gadit. See Bio Initiative Report 2012. See Forbescom and search Brandon Raub. Law enforcement tases citizens into “excited delirium” (see at nijorg) to make them act in ways they normally would not. I believe they are directly responsible for the Virginia Tech massacre. There are 3 reasons to have it implanted 1) mental health, 2) criminal record, and 3) infectious disease. If you don’t meet any of those requirements like me, they’ll falsify your records. All the mass shootings are the work of law enforcement. They want to take away your right to bear arms and make America a police state. They torture people into a state of what the national institute of justice calls “excited delirium.” People aren’t suddenly going crazy, they’re being tortured. I also believe the biochip to be responsible for PTSD. Read Brian Castner’s book “A Long Walk”. I have the same ambiguous pains, twitches, heart attack, night mares, day mares, gurgling, etc. I never served in the war. What do we have in common? The biochip. Suicide is one way to get relief. Virginia’s suicide rate is higher than the national average and the military suicide rate is unacceptable!

  • Chris

    Its a scam brought by the global elitists. A joke ever since when i first read the entire 10,000 pages of the Obumacare back in 2010.

  • Arizona

    OH NO,the worst butches in history are quiting,maybe their worried the people of america have found out their the ones who are killing their children,and have realized SOON they’ll be hanging from light poles……………