Tuesday, April 6, 2010

FODEMAN: Obamacare's doctorless world - So You Think You'll Find a Doctor

Obamacare will dissuade bright young minds from entering medicine in the first place, while many doctors already practicing will either retire or switch careers. New patients will be unable to find doctors, and many patients content with their health care will eventually encounter similar difficulty. Obamacare is certainly bad for doctors. Ultimately, however, it is the patient - haplessly facing restricted access, long waits and rationed care - who suffers the most.

Mr. Obama has correctly noted the shortage of primary care physicians, but his prescription to resolve the problem will only exacerbate it. Furthermore, there are shortages in many specialties and subspecialties as well. A policy of "Regulate more, pay less" will prove a very difficult recruiting motto.

Read "FODEMAN: Obamacare's doctorless world" here.

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