Feeling Kinda Queasy at the News

…but I guess I better have it looked at NOW, while I still CAN

The U.S. healthcare reform law will worsen a shortage of physicians as millions of newly insured patients seek care, the Association of American Medical Colleges said on Thursday.

…”While previous projections showed a baseline shortage of 39,600 doctors in 2015, current estimates bring that number closer to 63,000, with a worsening of shortages through 2025,” the group said in a statement.

Now remember, dynamics HAVE changed here ~ making UP this shortfall will all be predicated on people wanting to actually a) finance some higher education b) finance a buttload MORE higher education to go into medicine, which now has an everchanging government payscale and rulebook attached to it. Doc Hollywood is as much a goner as a DeBakey.

From a blogging standpoint, I’m starting to think we need an “Another LIE Busted UNEXPECTED!!!” category for the rest of this adminisration’s run…

9 Responses to “Feeling Kinda Queasy at the News”

  1. JeffS says:

    Time to bone up on home remedies and country medicine — we’re gonna need it.

  2. Skyler says:

    Pretty soon, the government will start making doctors and requiring them to provide services as the government dictates.

    Socialism is the road to serfdom.

  3. Dr Alice says:

    At this point I’m staying in medicine for my family. I honestly believe the time will come when, if a patient doesn’t have a relative or close friend who is in health care, they will be screwed.

    The hot idea right now is the “medical home” concept. If you haven’t heard of it, you will. Basically this means that the patient will spend 85% of their time talking to a secretary or medical assistant and the doctor will then come in and spend 30 seconds with you. This way, you see, the doctor can see upwards of 35 patients per day. And THAT is how they’re gonna solve the doctor shortage.

  4. Skyler says:

    Or they’ll just lower the standard for doctors in the government controlled medical schools. We’ll see a lot more PA’s and nurses with vastly expanded authority.

  5. Dr Alice says:

    Interestingly, most PA’s and NP’s wind up working with orthopedists, dermatologists and plastic surgeons. The work is simpler, the hours are 9 to 5 and they get paid more. They don’t want to go into primary care any more than most MD’s do.

  6. JeffS says:

    I’d rather rely on one of Granny’s home remedies, than deal with any goobermint organized and supplied medical meat machine, thankyouverymuch.

  7. Gunslinger says:

    I guess I’d better start studying to be a witch doctor.

  8. greg newsom says:

    The problem is it’s too difficult to become a doctor in the US.The cost and grades required make it an exclusive fraternity of families,or quota recipitent
    So,now 40% of new American
    doctors have gone to easier,
    and more accessible foreign medical schools.
    Most have an education equal to an American trained RN.We are selling-out our souls for WHAT?

  9. Skyler says:

    I’ve never seen any evidence of that, Greg. I’ve seen only the smartest people I know become doctors, and that’s been very comforting.

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