Florida to Experience Doctor Shortage

Posted on February 25, 2013. Filed under: Obamacare, Politics | Tags: , |

As the battle over Obamacare was heating up, Republicans were powerless to do anything to stop it. People warned of doctor rationing, of costs actually going up instead of down.

I’ve already written about California’s plan to turn pharmacists into Primary Care Providers to deal with their shortage.

Florida is also saying that it will be experiencing a shortage of doctors in the coming years, which isn’t good since a lot of seniors retire to the area.

The article, dated October, 2012, states that there may be an increase in emergency room visits for non-emergency treatments. This could soon overwhelm emergency room physicians.

That’s not all. Of the nearly 1100 doctors surveyed in South Florida, more than half plan to retire or cut their hours or pare back their practices in some way, about the same as the rest of the country.

In addition:

Nearly 42 percent of Florida doctors surveyed already have closed their practices to Medicaid patients due to cost and time constraints, compared with 26.8 percent of national respondents. One in four Florida doctors said they will place new or additional limits on Medicaid and Medicare acceptance.

“The compensation for treating Medicare and Medicaid patients is so low that it doesn’t make it desirable to work hard and take care of those patients,” [Dr. Arthur] Palamara said. “While a specialist can do pretty well taking care of Medicare patients, primary care physicians cannot.”

Wasn’t Obamacare supposed to prevent all of this?

I’ve been saying all along that if the government steps in and caps how much they will pay doctors under Medicare and Medicaid, doctors and hospitals would start refusing to take it. Forty two percent of Florida doctors will start refusing those patients.

Some are also dropping patients and insurance plans with the lowest reimbursement rate due to Federal regulatory pressure to make everything electronic, which is costing some practices up to $40,000 a year.

In other words, the Federal government is trying to make patient records into a gigantic Federal database, in complete violation of HIPAA laws.

Obamacare is supposed to make healthcare better, how?

It’s costing us more money, not changing anything it was supposed to change, and doctors are becoming scarcer.

So, Mr. President, fill the Rose Garden with all of the doctor plants that you want, it doesn’t change the fact that this new system isn’t working. Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.

I wonder if the people sporting the “I Like Obamacare” bumper stickers are feeling foolish yet.

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