How ObamaCare Will Affect Your Doctor – WSJ.com

by Larry Emmott on May 19, 2009

in General,Health Care Politics

Some key pragraphs from a Wall Street Journal article on proposed health care regulations. This is only slightly related to technology but will have a profound effect on the profession of dentistry. I believe if patients (in other words everyday people) understood the results of nationaized health care they would oppose it. As professionals we have an obligation to educate our patients.

Doctors will consolidate into larger practices to spread overhead costs, and they’ll cram more patients into tight schedules to make up in volume what’s lost in margin. Visits will be shortened and new appointments harder to secure. It already takes on average 18 days to get an initial appointment with an internist, according to the American Medical Association, and as many as 30 days for specialists like obstetricians and neurologists.
Right or wrong, more doctors will close their practices to new patients, especially patients carrying lower paying insurance such as Medicaid. Some doctors will opt out of the system entirely, going “cash only.” If too many doctors take this route the government could step in — as in Canada, for example — to effectively outlaw private-only medical practice.

How ObamaCare Will Affect Your Doctor – WSJ.com.

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