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Is America Running Out of Doctors?

Daryl 2012/07/31 18:00:00
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Some reports suggest that by the year 2025, America could have a shortage of 100,000 doctors. Are doctors in the U.S. on the decline?

THEWEEK.COM reports:
ObamaCare is set to expand the number of insured Americans, but an apparent shortage of doctors could make it difficult to treat them all.
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Read More: http://theweek.com/article/index/231267/is-america...

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  • kurtanderson1 2012/07/31 15:05:56
    Yes
    kurtanderson1
    +20
    Can you blame them for avoiding this profession? Oh I want to be a lawsuit-magnet with a six-figure student loan debt and an average 80 hour-plus work week in a country that has upheld Obama-care.

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  • bt sedlock Claybern 2012/08/27 03:08:00
    bt sedlock
    +1
    I heard that the middle-class in this country has been under threat than ever before in American history.
  • bt sedlock bt sedlock 2012/08/11 05:29:02
    bt sedlock
    +1
    I mean there must alot "wrong" with it.
  • ben 2012/08/02 20:04:13
    Yes
    ben
    +6
    (prepare for sarcasm). I would love to study hard, end up in debt, constantly be at risk of being sued, be forced to work all the time, constantly have to deal with death and pain!!! Where do I sign up? Oh, I'm also underpaid? Dang this keeps getting batter and better!!! Poor doctors.
  • rand 2012/08/02 17:26:54
    No
    rand
    +1
    As a means of becoming uberwealthy, becoming a doctor isn't as promising as it once was due to lawyers, ignorant juries, health care worker unions, greedy health care managers, and through-the-roof, trumped up charges by hospitals. America simply can't afford to be the only nation in the world that treats healthcare as an industry.
  • Lana Riley-Brown 2012/08/02 16:15:54
    Yes
    Lana Riley-Brown
    +5
    Hard to find a Dr. on Friday and don't bother on a weekend.
  • jeane 2012/08/02 15:43:04
    Yes
    jeane
    +3
    We will have a lot of para medicals treating patients soon.
  • wtw 2012/08/02 13:29:17
    Yes
    wtw
    +1
    I have heard a few say they will quit under Obama care so we are screwed!
  • RichFromShowMe 2012/08/02 12:54:47
    Yes
    RichFromShowMe
    +1
    This is only the beginning . . . . .

    obamacare violates the Hippocratic Oath by putting pointy headed bureaucrats between the doctor and his/her patient. Serious health care professionals will drop out rather than deliver sub-standard healthcare.
  • Pedro D... RichFro... 2012/08/02 18:08:04
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    "Worries grow as healthcare firms send jobs overseas"

    "Some healthcare companies are starting to shift clinical services and decision-making on medical care overseas, primarily to India and the Philippines."

    http://www.latimes.com/busine...
  • concerned dude 2012/08/02 11:52:39
    Yes
    concerned dude
    +2
    Yes, and many more are going to get out of the medical industry as the government sticks their incompetent noses into the healthcare industry.
  • Pete 2012/08/02 10:33:16
    Yes
    Pete
    +3
    Four doctors in my family are predicting that there will be a shortage of doctors if Obamacare is fully implemented. Many doctors are currently leaving group practices because of the increasingly dictatorial demands of administration which do not allow a doctor to follow his or her conscience and professional opinion in prescribing tests and treatment. If Obama is elected and Obamacare kicks in fully, the dictator-in-chief Obama will be forcing doctors to compromise their beliefs and conscience to conform to the convoluted Obamacare document that no one has fully read. Many doctors are already strangled by the paperwork demands of caring for patients covered by government programs like Medicare. They think they haven't seen anything yet. Obamacare will be the beginning of the end, for patients and doctors alike. This presents just one more reason to be certain that Obama is ousted from the presidency.
  • Jeh 2012/08/02 10:21:29
    No
    Jeh
    +2
    Where would they be going? Canada? Europe? China, perhaps? I don't think so.

    Maybe it is the young adults that would rather emulate Snookie than Marie Curie that should be shouldering the blame on this.
  • Daniel ... Jeh 2012/08/02 12:07:08
    Daniel O'Hern
    The key is they are not going into primary care you idiot they all want to be specialists and make the big bucks to pay back their loans. You will be seen by physician assistants nurse
    Practitioners and women will be delivered by mid wives. These people are harder to sue also. Now Obama care wants to pay all physicians equally let's see the med school classes
    Fill up now. My son has his masters in hospital admin. One extra year beyond college
    Has been out three years and makes more than any internist I know. No night call no life and death decisions no weekends no smelly patients to see and for him the sky is the limit.
    I know some top administrators making 500,000 to a million a year and they play a lot of golf.
  • Jeh Daniel ... 2012/08/02 14:02:10
    Jeh
    I am just saying, where else are doctors going to go to make the same kind of money? And you answered me eloquently. Thank you for enlightening a lowly idiot, such as myself. Just so I understand you correctly, a current shortage of general practitioners is because med students want to be specialized so they can make big money to pay back their gigantic student loans, but were the real money is isn't in the medicine, but in running the hospital. With Obamacare, specialists and GPs get the same pay, so nobody is going to go into medicine. That sounds like the admin is screwing doctors more than Obamacare in this scenario. Congrats.
  • Daniel ... Jeh 2012/08/03 12:14:17
    Daniel O'Hern
    No the admin is needed but doctors are not good businessmen why do they pay a flat rate to malpractice insurance plans when they may see 3 patients a day or 203
    Patients a day. They don't know how to negotiate like businessmen.
  • bosshog 2012/08/02 10:02:33
    Yes
    bosshog
    +4
    The doctors said this would happen if OBAMACARE became LAW, to change that we must APPEAL OBAMACARE this fall take back the WHITE HOUSE and the SENATE and CONGRESS.
  • luay 2012/08/02 09:14:16
    No
    luay
    +2
    ObamaCare has nothing to do with the laziness of people who can't see the future
  • Pedro Doller ~Inc. 2012/08/02 08:42:38
    No
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    +1
    Absolutely Not!

    India has 2 billion of them. If that's not enough, there are more where they came from, and other countries too. H1N1, I mean H1B Visa's O'plenty. Why not, they will be processing insurance payments and the call on treatment will be outsourced to India also.

    h1n1 h1b visas oplenty processing insurance payments treatment outsourced india
  • Seonag Pedro D... 2012/08/02 11:44:31
    Seonag
    +1
    Most of the foreign trained doctors who come here and eventually get certified will tell you it's because of Government controlled health care in their home country. At least the 4 I have had over the past 10 years have told me that's why they have come here, where they have been able to practice medicine without a lot of government intervention.
  • Pedro D... Seonag 2012/08/02 17:56:16 (edited)
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    +1
    They'll have a lot of government intervention when 0 care kicks in. I fully expect certification will be waived because of the shortage.

    "Worries grow as healthcare firms send jobs overseas"

    "Some healthcare companies are starting to shift clinical services and decision-making on medical care overseas, primarily to India and the Philippines."

    http://www.latimes.com/busine...
  • Seonag Pedro D... 2012/08/02 19:48:45
    Seonag
    +1
    The waiving of certification is really scary!
  • Pedro D... Seonag 2012/08/03 05:11:19
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    +1
    When it's all said and done, it will be truely 3rd world quality and still the most expensive. It is scarey, plus everyone will be ripe for the picking for identity theft.
  • Daniel ... Seonag 2012/08/03 12:27:38
    Daniel O'Hern
    +1
    This is the start of the great outsourcing of medical care. Few Americans will end up
    Seeing smelly patients and deal with life and death issues at all hours of the day and
    Work the hours they do for the wages they make when their are paper pushing alternatives like wall street where even if you make mistakes u get huge salaries
    Talk on the Internet and meet no one with weekends off and no night call and no life and death issues and if u make mistakes the taxpayer has ur back.
  • pizzaman7 2012/08/02 07:45:29
    Yes
    pizzaman7
    +4
    it will be worse under obamacare...it is already starting.
  • Kingarthurup 2012/08/02 07:32:30
    Yes
    Kingarthurup
    +4
    welcome to the wonderful world of Odumbacare
  • chicku 2012/08/02 06:36:48
    Yes
    chicku
    +2
    the rule of the day is people would like to make fast money which is not possible in medicare apart from this the governments norms not allowing private practic
  • Ramón 2012/08/02 06:26:36
    Yes
    Ramón
    +3
    It takes so long to become a doctor, it costs too much to take that long, and they get sued by every Tom, Dick, and Harrieta wanting to get rich (not realizing that when the suite is won, their lawyers get 90% and they get taxed on the whole amount, so get less than the remaining 10%).
  • ahtnamas.elgnua 2012/08/02 06:02:06 (edited)
    No
    ahtnamas.elgnua
    More and more allopathic treatments will not work. Time of examinations are too brief for proper diagnosis, I am all for less GP's and medical doctors! And more healers!
  • TisSheilah 2012/08/02 05:38:49
    Yes
    TisSheilah
    +3
    Who can afford the student loans anymore?
  • flowerlady112 2012/08/02 04:57:59
    Yes
    flowerlady112
    +5
    Yes we will have a shortage of Doctors. Why would anyone want to spend 4 years in college, 2 years in medical school, 6 to 8 years in residency, 100 hour weeks, astronomical student loan debt, and subjected to frivolous lawsuits only to be regulated out of business by the federal govenment?
  • pizzaman7 flowerl... 2012/08/02 07:46:14
    pizzaman7
    exactly !
  • Daniel ... flowerl... 2012/08/06 13:48:24
    Daniel O'Hern
    Last time I checked medical school is four years!!!!! Internship and residency varies on the
    Field total 4 yrs for medicine but up to eight for neurosurgery, cardiothorcic.
  • Edie 2012/08/02 04:04:09
    Yes
    Edie
    +5
    If this Obama care takes effect doctors will be in short demand. My doctor is considering going to Costa Rica she just cannot make a living with what they expect her to do. I have had this doctor for over 10 yrs. this is impossible to believe that americans have no idea what this new law entails.
  • DMC4196 2012/08/02 03:59:03
    Yes
    DMC4196
    +2
    There lies one of the major issues with socializing our medical system. You take a limited resource (doctors) and take hundreds of thousands of people that were not part of the system before and throw them into the mix, all while telling everyone that it will magically be cheaper. Are we willing to lower the standards for medical school so that doctors can get through the system faster? What standards are we willing to give up?

    Simply put, the federal government is not the answer.
  • AdmrlLocke 2012/08/02 03:10:47
    Yes
    AdmrlLocke
    +2
    Technically not so much "running out" as suffering a decline relative to the population. As liberal government imposes more and more regulations, while liberal judges allow more and more outrageous jury awards, practicing medicine in America has become less appealing. As a doctor you can have your career and your live savings wiped out by one gold-digging plaintiff with one shyster lawyer appearing before one liberal judge with one jury comprised of people too stupid to know how to get out of jury duty.
  • taweesa 2012/08/02 03:07:09
    Yes
    taweesa
    +3
    Less and less graduates are wantingto pursue an MD license, especially G.P.'s with the changing health care reforms.
  • alun.palmer 2012/08/02 03:04:45
    No
    alun.palmer
    +4
    America has too many specialists and too few general practitioners, either because medical education is too expensive and/or the doctors are too greedy, probably both.
  • silentart 2012/08/02 02:00:08
    Yes
    silentart
    +4
    Blame on White House staff's bad advice to Obama... And Obamacare let freeloaders abuse health care.
  • inewsmaster 2012/08/02 01:48:58
    No
    inewsmaster
    +2
    There's plenty of doctors but not enough that actually want to practice rather than make money
  • iamnothere 2012/08/02 01:20:04
    Yes
    iamnothere
    +3
    more and more doctors are just tossing up their hands.. they finally got everything that they wished for.. and are now finding that their government controlled medical utopia is going to bankrupt them

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