Desperately seeking doctors: your future under Obamacare

Posted by: Phineas on September 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm

**Posted by Phineas

However much apologists for Obamacare try to deny it, the rationing of care is inevitable as the government tries to control costs by controlling what care one can receive — deciding whether the patient truly needs it or if it’s worthwhile at all to administer it. As usual, Britain, which has had the single-payer National Health Service for roughly 60 years, shows us what lies in our future if Obamacare isn’t repealed: sick people begging for private care:

GPs believe the numbers of patients asking about paying for operations including cataract removal and joint replacements has increased markedly in the last year, according to a poll.

Dr Clare Gerada, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said it was “incontrovertible” that increased NHS rationing was behind the increase in going private, a trend she described as “very sad”.

The poll, carried out by ComRes for the firm BMI Healthcare, found that 70 per cent of GPs are now unable to refer a patient for further treatment on the NHS at least once a month because they do not qualify under local criteria.

Primary care trusts (PCTs) have increasingly been restricting access to treatments including cataract removals, hernia operations and hip and knee replacements, by raising the threshold of how ill or disabled a patient has to be.

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The principal reason behind increased interest in “self-pay” healthcare is treatments no longer being available on the NHS, according to the poll, with 66 per cent of GPs citing this.

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It may be “sad,” per Dr. Gerada, but it’s also the inevitable result of trying to impose top-down “command economics” on what should be a free market for goods and services and to treat a commodity, medical care, as a natural right. Mandated cost-controls, whether done directly through price schedules or indirectly through rationing, simply don’t work: costs still go up (they’re just hidden from sight) and require further controls, and the quality of service declines — or vanishes altogether, as this article shows.

And unless Obamacare is repealed in the next few years, we’re going to be joining our British cousins in the hunt for private doctors — if any can be found.

via Breitbart

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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4 Responses to “Desperately seeking doctors: your future under Obamacare”

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  1. Yvonne says:

    The cost of private care is also already spiking. My family practice doc’s office increased their rates by 35% in May in anticipation of their added costs of dealing with Obamacare. They aren’t going to “eat it” — WE ARE. Thank you SO MUCH all you DemocRATS who claim to “care” so much about us commoners.

  2. This is evidence of death panels “headin’ ‘em off at the pass” like they say in those old western movies. Two things are at play: 1) the actual rationing will really hit later when the decreased enrollments at medical schools and attrition bite us all, and 2) waiting for patients’ condition to deteriorate before allowing surgery is murder; there are liability strictures in some cases against anesthesizing someone with a weak heart, pacemaker, etc.

  3. Carlos says:

    Although I’m only involved with the medical industry as a patient, I know many in the profession (like my GP, for instance) who will be retiring at the end of this year specifically because of the socialist’s “Affordable Health Care Act,” which is a total misnomer if ever there was one.

    Why? Because they didn’t spend all that money on their education just to have some schmuck rob them of the possibility of getting a return on that investment, and that’s exactly what ObamaCare does – rob doctors of the chance to make an income commensurate with their investment.

    Most of the doctors I know are simply retiring, but there are others exploring the possibility of leaving the country for more pleasant, more profitable climes.

    And I don’t begrudge them one little bit, either.

    Final result? Possibly ending up having to go to some grimy slob whose “degree” is from the University of Paco-Tango (online, of course) and who wouldn’t know the difference between a suture and acetyl salicylic acid if his life (not mine!) depended on it.

  4. Paul says:

    Adding to the number of doctors who will just quit the practice, little attention is being paid to the age of most doctors today. Half of the MD’s practicing today will reach 65 by 2020. The average age is 55. There will be about 44,000 less docs in ten yrs to care for more people. I suggest some basic medial training for you and your family. Here’s a good free resource I used as an Independent Duty Corpsman (USCG) Ships Medicine Chest and Medical Aid at Sea.