The President’s still trying to convince the American people that they should be happy that the legislation remaking the health care system (which the public overwhelming opposed) was rammed through Congress and signed into law. That’s a tough job when people are also hearing doctors’ complaints and concerns about what the law will do to their practice and medicine in general.
Consider this article in Investor’s Business Daily, which tells the story of one woman, a primary care physician from New Jersey, who has decided to drop out of medicine, in part because Obamacare threatens to make existing problems with the medical system worse.
Most of the article focuses on how too low reimbursement rates threaten to make medicine simply unprofitable, forcing doctors to close up shop. But doctors are also concerned about the over-regulation of medicine and how bureaucrats will end up meddling in the patient-doctor relationship. Here are some interesting survey findings highlighted in that article:
Reimbursement issues were rated “most unsatisfying” by more than 54% of doctors surveyed in 2008 by the Physicians Foundation. Managed care issues and Medicare/gov’t regulations were not far behind, with 51.6% and 45.8%, respectively.
Seventy-nine percent of doctors said ObamaCare makes them less optimistic about the practice of medicine, according to a survey by Sermo and AthenaHealth (ATHN). Two-thirds said they would consider dropping all government insurance programs.
Two-thirds of doctors may stop serving Medicare and Medicaid patients? This is the kind of information that people are going to be getting about this new health care law, and it is only going to make them like it less.