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The coming government made healthcare crisis

I’ve mentioned it before but a reminder (yes, it’s that nasty combination of human nature and economic laws being ignored that is about to assert itself):

Once the new healthcare law fully takes effect, all Americans will be entitled to a long list of preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs, but the healthcare system won’t have enough doctors to provide them. The shortage will create longer waiting periods that some patients will be able to cope with better than others. Lower income patients will be worse off, according to Independent Institute Research Fellow John C. Goodman.

And where will those who need more immediate care go?  Why emergency rooms, of course.  Wait, wasn’t the overload on emergency rooms touted as one of the primary reasons we needed this law?

So, we are going to add millions to the insured list and give them “free” stuff and expect doctors to maintain the level of care they now have with their patients (which many think could be better) and carve out time to administer the free stuff too?

I’m sure the government solution will be something like redefining an hour to 40 minutes and make each day 36 hours, huh?  Problem solved.

Reality?

No additional doctors, millions of new patients and free stuff – what could possibly screw up there?

The other questions is how will doctors react?   Well here’s how some are already reacting:

Many patients who can afford to do so will sign up for concierge care—medical practices in which patients pay a retainer fee for more personalized and responsive service, such as same day or next-day appointments. Physicians who open a concierge practice typically take about 500 of their patients with them, leaving behind 2,000 former patients to find a new doctor. (Those figures come from MDVIP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, respectively.) “So in general, as concierge care grows, the strain on the rest of the system will become greater,” Goodman continues. “We will quickly evolve into a two-tiered health-care system, with those who can afford it getting more care and better care. In the meantime, the most vulnerable populations will have less access to care than they had before ObamaCare became law.”

Or said another way, the emergency rooms will be full to bursting and the fact someone has insurance will mean nothing unless a doctor is willing to take them on – something that will be less likely in the near future than it is now.

Finally, in case it slipped your mind, here are the 18 new taxes found in ObamaCare – something to remember when he and his flacks are out there claiming that he’s never raised taxes by a dime (his promise in 2008) on the middle class.

~McQ

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11 Responses to The coming government made healthcare crisis

  • Oh, McQ, you are doing the work of the angles and all, but you (or I) can only nibble around the edges of how miserably ObamaCare is going to screw our health care and our economy.
    It will be huge.  And it will kill people, leave them in pain, and cause MORE health problems.
    If it is ever implemented, which I doubt.  Remember, civil disobedience works when all else fails.

  • “and free stuff”
     
    THAT part of this annoys me more than anything I think.   FREE…..Savior H Messiah, when will people understand it ISN’T FREAKING FREE.

  • And then…what were you saying about a health care crisis you right wing racist whackos?
     
    Note, especially, the VERY LAST paragraph….
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/21/us-doctors-burnout-idUSBRE87J0RJ20120821

  • Mr. McQuain, the answer is simple.  The Obamized U.S. government hires thousands of doctors from Pakistan, Zimbabwe and other hotbeds of medical knowhow, pays them each $30,000 a year, puts them in uniform of the Motherland Health Corps (a new subdivision of DHS) and deploys them to DHS-run clinics throughout the country.  Because of their sacrifice, said medical experts will get a fast track to citizenship (say, 6 weeks).  After a few months of operation, you will have a medical system that is not just everywhere but also acceptably diverse.  Everyone will be happy, mainly because of the gazillions of hollow-point rounds in DHS hands.
    Crisis?  What crisis?
    Just kidding – I think.

  • So what should we do?  Repeal the AHC Law?  Maybe if conservatives would get with the program, and stop fighting it, we could focus on training more doctors and medical assistants.

    • Maybe if conservatives would get with the program, and stop fighting it…

      Just lay back and enjoy it?

      …we could focus on training more doctors and medical assistants.

      We?  Are you part of a medical school?  No?  Then don’t presume that you have a part in doing any of that.  Repealing ObamaPelosiCareTax is the first step towards removing the market distortions which are driving medical professionals and would-be students to change their career paths.
      When doctors are not overburdened by government bureaucracies or punished by government-mandated guidelines on who can pay what for what, and not prohibited by law from building new hospitals or expanding existing hospitals they own, then maybe more people will choose to be doctors and more people will have greater choices and better service.

    • Your world view is hosed – What, do you think the present restriction on them going into medicine is that we don’t have health insurance for all?  Is THAT why you think kids aren’t becoming doctors today?   Get a clue, first off, it’s ‘haaaaarrrrrd’ and kids smart enough to know that can see the writing on the ObamaCare wall.  And they’re going to realize that all the time, and MONEY, they’re about to spend on Med School may NOT pay off with with a good paying job, a nice house, and tee times on Wednesday morning at 7:00 for their sacrifices to GET the education and the job.
       
      But you pretend that everyone is self sacrificing for the good of Obama, uh, I mean the country,  like you are, huh Tad.
       
       

    • tadcf, you have reading comprehension issues, don’t you?

  • The list misses one of the most important and punitive provisions: insurers are required to rebate premiums if they fail to spend 80 or 85% (depends on the insurer) of the premiums on direct health care.  That’s a cap on profit and indirect expenses, or a tax in another form.