Posted by Curt on 29 July, 2012 at 3:49 pm. 9 comments already!


William Bigelow

Now that Obamacare has jumped the hurdle of the Supreme Court, the New York Times has decided to give us the bad news: there are nowhere near enough doctors in the country, and the problems will get exponentially worse with the addition of millions soon to be insured by Obamacare. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates  that in less than three years the country will be almost 700,000 doctors short.

The danger of Obamadare is that without it, by 2025 the projected number of doctors would be more than 100,000 too little, but with Obamacare, the number would be almost 50% more than that.

Dr. G. Richard Olds, the dean of the new medical school at the University of California, Riverside, said, “We have a shortage of every kind of doctor, except for plastic surgeons and dermatologist.”

Dustin Corcoran, the chief executive of the California Medical Association, which represents 35,000 physicians, said:

It results in delayed care and higher levels of acuity. (People) access the health care system through the emergency department, rather than establishing a relationship with a primary care physician who might keep them from getting sicker.

The federal government has recommended that a given region have 60 to 80 primary care doctors per 100,000 residents, and 85 to 105 specialists. In the worst area for doctor shortages in California, the Inland Empire, there are roughly 40 primary care doctors and 70 specialists per 100,000 residents.

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