Doc Shortage Could Crash ObamaCare

The United States will require at least 52,000 more family doctors in the year 2025 to keep up with the growing and increasingly older U.S. population, a new study found.

The predictions also reflect the passage of the Affordable Care Act — a change that will expand health insurance coverage to an additional 38 million Americans.

“The health care consumer that values the relationship with a personal physician, particularly in areas already struggling with access to primary care physicians should be aware of potential access challenges that they may face in the future if the production of primary care physicians does not increase,” said Dr. Andrew Bazemore, director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Primary Care and co-author of the study published Monday in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Stephen Petterson, senior health policy researcher at the Robert Graham Center, said the government should take steps — and quickly — to address the problem before it gets out of hand.

“There needs to be more primary care incentive programs that give a bonus to physicians who treat Medicaid patients in effort to reduce the compensation gap between specialists and primary care physicians,” said Petterson, who co-authored the study with Bazemore.
But such changes may be more easily said than done.

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11 comments on “Doc Shortage Could Crash ObamaCare
  1. fliteking says:

    I work in a medical facility. We were notified this week that future agency RN’s must come from a pool of nurses from the Philippines. They will work for 18K a year. They also do not speak English.

    This happened in Britain. Didn’t go well.

    Would love to be there when the first Ob*ma fan explains to her nurse that she has chest pain & shortness of breath and Rosie hands her a bed pan!

  2. barkingbird says:

    There will be lots of doctors, the problem, hardley any medical knowledge and will not speak English !!!!!!!

  3. Barb Patton says:

    There will be a serious brain drain and it will start with the medical section of this country. The doctors will go to other countries and know that they will be welcomed in their adopted country with open arms.. No matter if they go to a poor country, they can live cheaply, practice medicine and be appreciated even in the poorest country without a government interfering with their lives and practices… Did you know you can go on a course of 2 weeks and become an abortionist?? so who needs doctors? and that is what the government is already doing to close the gap of no doctors…. Who knows maybe WE THE PEOPLE will have to resort to witchdoctors and shamaans to throw the bones and bleed us as was done hundreds of years ago..What a shame and what a shambles.

  4. Dick Grace says:

    I never was designed to work. Another socialist boondoggle designed to transfer assets to the favored few at the expense of everyone else.

  5. brabbie2002 says:

    Sorry, our doctors have already stated they would retire rather than go with oblowholecare. And it is happening now. The media is just afraid to report that is what is happening as we e-mail. Well, isn’t this just ducky? Instead of opening clinics for those that couldn’t afford healthcare, the bozo’s force the doctors to quit for the rest of us. There is some brilliant work. Thanks, oblowhole, for all your HELP! But then that is your master plan so you can be the little commie, muslim dictator you have always wanted to be.

  6. GRAMPA says:

    They have already started to fix this . the supreme court will decide that collages can use race to put the lower qualified person in school before a Caucasian. this will result in much lower qualified doctors. Don’t give me the racist thing If your not qualified your not qualified. Doesn’t matter what race you are. What does matter is that these people are taking up space for a person who is qualified. the result is you have a doctor who is unqualified.
    Where will we get them if we cant create our own? We will open up our borders to everyone who calls themselves doctor. Hint! check the mortality rares for great britten for the last five years. Then you will know what we are headed for.
    God bless America.

  7. Liberty Rock says:

    Yes Obamacare will collapse. A victory Celebration For Americans that Opposes Obamacare

  8. capitalust says:

    SO what steps do they avocate the government take? Chain doctors to their office chairs? Whip them if they don’t
    work 16 hours a day for compensation that doesn’t cover their expenses? Threaten to sell them “down the river”?
    I thought liberals were OPPOSED to slavery. Can we report this to CNN’s Project Freedom?

  9. jude says:

    Who cares about what will happen in 2052, what about in the next few years 2013 to 2016, doctors are not going to wait until 2025 to close up they are doing it now, doctors are not taking medicaid, some don’t accept medicare,he is making promising the moon to doctors now. Welcome to obamaHMO.

  10. audwq says:

    It is already starting to fail, with or without doctors. The tax revenue/premiums will go down as more employers reduce hours of employees to part time so as not to have to provide insurance for them. That means less income going into to Obamacare and other programs. Justice Roberts was out of his mind to say it was a tax. He did not see thru the ‘unintended’ consequences of the mandate.