ATLANTA, Georgia, March 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new poll reveals that President Barack Obama’s health care reform may push as many as a third of the nation’s practicing doctors into shuttering their offices and getting out of the medical business entirely.
In other words, the doctor may not be in to see you shortly.
According to a survey conducted by The Medicus Firm, a nationally retained physician search firm, “nearly one-third of physicians responding to the survey indicated that they will want to leave medical practice after health reform is implemented.”
Sounds like a quick fix for bringing down the national spend. Would less doctors per capita be a good thing?
Dennis Cauchon, USA TODAY -Others worry that more physicians will drive up the cost of medical care, not make it cheaper and more accessible. Physicians will order more tests, more procedures and more drugs — without improving the nation’s health, they say.
“Doctors create their own demand,” says physician Don Detmer, co-chairman of an Institute of Medicine committee that, in 1996, recommended cuts in funding for medical residents. “If we produce an abundance of doctors, there’s little incentive for the system to become more efficient.” The Institute of Medicine is an independent group created by Congress for advice on medical issues.