The recent post ObamaCare and Our Health System claimed 83% of doctors were considering leaving their practice as a result of the passage of ObamaCare. The magnitude of this number and the unknown source gave me cause for caution when reporting the statistic. A reader/MD has responded to this point:
I am an MD, and can tell you these numbers are indeed accurate, and the situation is even worse than the numbers tell. First, look at the figure. It’s no co-incidence that the AMA represents 17% of MDs, and that was the segment that was surveyed before Obamacare took place. The 83% of us not enrolled into that academic liberal organization are now finally getting our opinion heard.
Furthermore, I can tell you it is FAR, FAR worse than this highlights. MDs have seen this coming for YEARS and already have their contingency plans in place. It’s just a matter of when to implement them. The young MDs who financially are unable to quit will cut back hours, call, hospital privileges, critical care coverage etc. The focus will be life style, not working 80+ hours a week to get a whopping 1% increase in income. I am in a group of 50+ MDs, all specialists that are in rare supply, and take a minimum of 5 years to train. In two years, 50% of my group will no longer be in medicine. That may be an under estimate. My specialty can’t be replaced by NP’s or PA’s. There will be HUGE shortages. Over half of MDs coming out of medical school are female, and half of those go part time or quit medicine after they have their kids (good for them), again this will lead to MASS MD shortages. the decline in quality and access will be RAPID, much, much, MUCH more rapid than anyone anticipated. I already have started a non-medical business in Canada and am looking to gain citizenship overseas. A neurologist and cardiologist in my hospital just started a microbrewery. Good luck seeing them in 3 years. That cardiology group will not take ER call post Obamacare. Complex patients with poor hours, poor revenue return, and litigation risk. Why bother? General surgeons have already said the same. Don’t rupture an appendix during off hours. Americans will be going to Canada to see MDs. There will be FAR shorter wait times. The good news? Hospice will be BOOMING