When government interferes in a market, results are predictable
And it is neck deep in health care. So, with the passage of ObamaCare, what is the state of medicine?
The doctor is disappearing in America.
And by most projections, it’s only going to get worse — the U.S. could lose as many as 1 million doctors by 2025, according to a Association of American Medical Colleges report.
Primary-care physicians will account for as much as one-third of that shortage, meaning the doctor you likely interact with most often is also becoming much more difficult to see.
Now, 2025 is 9 years away and, the “primary-care physician” is the star of ObamaCare because he or she is the “gatekeeper”. However, which doctor is the worst compensated of all doctors?
Why the gatekeeper of course. And, that’s by design. Government design:
Starting salaries in high-paying specialties can range from $354,000 (general surgery) to $488,000 (orthopedic surgery), while primary-care fields tend to bring a sub-$200,000 starting salary, from$188,000 (pediatrics) to $199,000 (family medicine), according to a Merritt Hawkins report.
The pay disparities reflect America’s “fee for service” health-care model, which compensates providers based on the number and type of services they complete, and which inherently favors specialists.
Anyone know what entity pushes the “fee for service” model? Can you say “Medicare”? And yes, the insurance companies follow their lead. Hence, we have doctors in the primary care field looking at specializing because as gatekeepers, they are mostly the chief “referrer” to the other medical specialties … the ones that get paid more.
Wow … what a surprise then that the field of primary care is looking at a future shortage. It’s another one of those “human nature” things that central planners simply can’t wrap their brains around.
Then there’s the exacerbation of the problem by ObamaCare:
The shortage is one that’s been stewing for decades but of late was exacerbated by passage of the Affordable Care Act, which increased the number of insured people and along with that the demand for doctor access, experts say.
As we’ve mentioned countless times, having insurance does not equal having care. And as the number of gatekeepers dwindles, that problem will become even more acute.
Of course everyone knows what the answer that will be put forth by our political leaders don’t they? Why of course more government. You know, like the UK, where the former head of the NHS just died because the operation she needed was postponed 4 times.