Doctor Poll: 69% Pessimistic About Future of Medicine Under ObamaCare

ObamaCare will cause higher costs and waiting lines:

The majority of doctors don’t believe that the AMA represents their views. The primary reason: the AMA’s support of [ObamaCare]. Just 13% of those surveyed backed the Affordable Care Act…

When surveyed by Deloitte, 83% of doctors said one likely change to the medical system as a result of the law would be increased wait times…an inevitable outcome of insuring millions more patients without a matching increase in the number of doctors.

It’s one thing to mandate insurance for all, but quite another to do so without incentivizing physicians or those considering the profession. In fact, the law does the opposite: For many doctors, there becomes a financial disincentive to practice medicine.

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  1. Devon Herrick says:

    This is easy to understand. Physicians are facing cuts in Medicare fees of about 30% unless Congress acts and pushes back the date at which the mandatory cuts become effective. Congress must act because it knows seniors will lose access to care if nothing is done. However, Congress will never permanently fix the problem because that would involve too many painful decisions.

  2. Brian says:

    As of now, it appears that physician shortages and long wait times point to a grim future for medical care in America.

  3. Bruce says:

    Why wouldn’t they be pessimistic?

  4. Ambrose Lee says:

    Not making an argument here – just seeking clarification. Why, if there is about to be a dramtic increase in demand for healthcare while the supply of doctors remains constant, would students not want to become doctors? Will this change not inevitably lead to higher salaries for the relatively few doctors we have? I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me that government regulation will cap payments to these doctors from the newly-insured patients. I just wanted to know if that’s the case.

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