Friday, October 4, 2013

Crashing The Health Care System

CNN reports, "Doctor shortage, increased demand could crash health care system".

One noteworthy quote:
"I think of (Obamacare) as giving everyone an ATM card in a town where there are no ATM machines," [ER physician Ryan] Stanton said. "The coming storm of patients means when they can't get in to see a primary care physician, even more people will end up with me in the emergency room."

What happened in Massachusetts in 2006 when the state's mandated health insurance rules went into effect illustrates the impending national problem.

When the Massachusetts law kicked in, wait times to get an appointment at primary care physicians' offices increased significantly, and they've remained high ever since, according to an annual survey from the Massachusetts Medical Society. And Massachusetts has the second highest physician-to-population ratio of any state...
 Also, "half the nation's physicians are over age 50 -- meaning many are at or near retirement age".

As always, "coverage" does not equal actual medical care.