(CNSNews.com) – Nearly one-third of all practicing physicians may leave the medical profession if President Obama signs current versions of health-care reform legislation into law, according to a survey published in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
The survey, which was conducted by the Medicus Firm, a leading physician search and consulting firm based in Atlanta and Dallas, found that a majority of physicians said health-care reform would cause the quality of American medical care to “deteriorate” and it could be the “final straw” that sends a sizeable number of doctors out of medicine.
More than 29 percent (29.2) percent of the nearly 1,200 doctors who responded to the survey said they would quit the profession or retire early if health reform legislation becomes law. If a public option were included in the legislation, as several liberal Senators have indicated they would like, the number would jump to 45.7 percent.
The medical journal published the results in its March and April edition, saying: “While a sudden loss of half of the nations physicians seems unlikely, a very dramatic decrease in the physician workforce could become a reality as an unexpected side effect of health reform.”
Kevin Perpetua, managing partner for the Medicus Firm, reported that a reform bill could be “the final straw” in an already financially precarious industry.
“Many physicians feel that they cannot continue to practice if patient loads increase while pay decreases,” Perpetua said in the study. “The overwhelming prediction from physicians is that health reform, if implemented inappropriately, could create a detrimental combination of circumstances, and result in an environment in which it is not possible for most physicians to continue practicing medicine.”
“With an average debt of $140,000, and many graduates approaching a quarter of a million dollars in school loans, being a doctor is becoming less and less feasible,” Perpetua said. “Health-care reform and increasing government control of medicine may be the final straw that causes the physician workforce to break down.”
If you increase the demand for a product without increasing the supply, there will be a shortage. Let me say that a different way: if you increase the number of people buying a product without increasing the number of products (suppliers) there will be a shortage. There is no way around this.
If you insure 15 million more people without adding any doctors, there will be a shortage. Say what you will, promise what you may, all the kings horses and all the kings men will never be able to put 15 million more humpty dumptys together again, UNLESS you increase the number of doctors!! Nothing in the current legislation offers such an incentive or allowance–if anything, quite the opposite. Time and again the question has been asked and each time the response is “everyone will be covered,” as if that answers the question.
Shortages WILL occur until there are more doctors, more nurses, more hospitals, more clinics. Promises of “universal coverage” cannot overcome the reality of “universal shortages”. One might accurately argue we will have equal opportunity shortages. That statement would be true. Nevertheless, there will be shortages and the sellers KNOW IT!
Want to know the truth about the strategy to move every American onto single payer health care where a bureaucrat decides whether you live or die? Nothing says “the truth” like tape; always get tape:
Everybody should be aware by now that the Liberal Left wing of the Democratic Party is completely pissing off the Conservative Wing (The Blue Dog Dems), and the left is hell-bent on getting this legislation passed as it is the first step in the total control of Americans without a shot being fired.
There have been rumblings about Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emanuel, Henry Waxman, the Blue Dogs, and this legislation going for a vote next week.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will bypass the committee working on the chamber’s health-care reform bill and put the legislation to a full floor vote by next week, Rep. Tom Price said Friday.
“My sense as of last night is her plan is now to bring the bill to the floor,” said Mr. Price, a Georgia Republican and orthopedic doctor. He spoke on The Washington Times “America’s Morning News” radio show. “We’ve witnessed some remarkable conversations and discussions between the speaker and others that leads me to believe she’s going to pull a power play.”
Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, participated in a three-hour meeting Thursday on Capitol Hill in which she and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel tried to negotiate with fiscally conservative Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where work on the bill has stopped.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Democrats split sharply over the issue of health care reform Friday as negotiations between a committee chairman and party conservatives broke down.
A key leader of the party’s conservative faction later warned the party leadership not to ram the current version of the health care bill through by circumventing the traditional legislative process.
The escalating tension within the ranks of House Democrats raised new questions about the bill’s prospects.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman told reporters on Capitol Hill that he is willing to keep talking with members of the Blue Dog coalition — an influential group of fiscal conservatives — but also made clear he intends to move forward with the legislation.
Waxman, a California Democrat, indicated that he would bypass a committee vote if necessary and bring the bill directly to the House floor for a final vote.
“We’re not going to let (the Blue Dogs) empower the Republicans. I don’t see any other alternative,” he said.
I thought this was about the American people, not a pissing match between the dems and repubs?
Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas, one of the leaders of the 52-member Blue Dog coalition, predicted that the bill would fail if Waxman circumvented the committee.
“I think it would be a huge mistake if they removed the bill … and simply (took) it to the House floor,” he said.
Ross is one of seven Blue Dog Democrats on Waxman’s committee. Combined with the Republicans, they have the votes to prevent the committee’s passage of the bill.
“We’re not empowering Republicans,” Ross insisted. “We’re trying to save this bill and save our party. … We’re every much Democrats as anyone else that’s on the committee.”
I like that comment “…save our party.” It says volumes about how the Blue Dogs feel about the Obama administration and the liberal left wing of their party. I think they are realizing that they are going to be decimated if they keep ramming unread bills that cost trillions through congress.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier in the week that she believes she already has the votes to pass the current version of the health care plan. Ross, however, insisted Friday that Pelosi was wrong.
“It’s not just the seven of us on the Energy and Commerce Committee that are conservative Democrats that have concerns with the bill,” he said.
“It’s almost the entire Blue Dog coalition, and I can tell you if (the Democratic leadership tries) to bring it up for a vote on the House floor, it would be a mistake,” said Ross.
Remember when Obama said that he would unite us? This is a three-way fight if you don’t include the American people. Amazing, truly amazing.
Remember Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) from the above video stating:
“A public option will put the private insurance industry out of business AND lead to single payer.” ” My single payer friends…he was right! The man was right.”
“This is not a principled fight, this is a fight about strategy for getting there, and I believe we will!”
Jan made those comments on April 18th, 2009, and on May 5, 2009 she did not even make an attempt to walk it back. Rather, she just changed the subject.