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Survey Shows Doctors Pessimistic About Obamacare

March 24, 2013 by  

A peer survey of practicing doctors reveals a growing apprehension among the medical profession of the coming implementation of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).

According to the survey, conducted by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, more than 60 percent of doctors said they, or peers they know, plan to retire within the next one to three years.

Nearly as many said they believed they would begin cutting their own hours as they move toward “team-based” models of providing healthcare services.

Four out of 10 surveyed said their net income decreased last fiscal year, with 40 percent of those saying Obamacare is the reason. Nearly half of all surveyed said they expect their income to go down again this year as more of the Act’s measures come online.

Just more than half reported they feel that Obamacare will also harm the doctor-patient relationship, due to the opening of admitting privileges to more patients who qualify for treatment under the Act.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Don 2

    Who Will The Clueless Blame When Obamacare Kicks In? ~ R.L.

  • Laura Hammer

    President Bush of course and everybody on the the right.

  • ToughGuy1

    My cousin is a doctor in Salt Lake City, and he don’t like it.

  • ToughGuy1

    Blame Obama this is his healhcare law.

  • Dave

    Wow… so doctors are going to do horribly under the new law?

    Anyone have any proof to that end?


    Did not think so…

    But this healthcare law is the scapegoat to problems caused when the employer became the end user of HC and the insurance model became commonplace. You have non-Profit and for-profit hospitals making a fortune, drug makers making a fortune, doctors making a fortune, insurance companies making a fortune and last but not least trial lawyers making a fortune by gaming the system in many instances…

    So few here even know how the law works… The new law stipulates that if you can afford insurance that you must get PRIVATE insurance so you pay into a PRIVATE system that in theory is supposed to slow/halt the rising cost of HC costs. The law also maintains that 80% of the premiums collected by insurance firms go to actual CARE and stems the tide of insurance CEO’s making 10′s of millions of dollars per year.

    Insurance companies do not care about the care you recieve, they want profit. Companys will go to the lowest cost option for their bottom lines with little regard for care. Drug firms do not want cures, they want patients.

    The system needs to be one that medical decisions are made by doctors and their patients with Gov oversight on best practices agreed to by the medical experts. Insurance firms need to be out of the equation as does your company telling you which doctors and treatments you can get. Prevention needs to be the focus. The private sector can do well in making better medical equipment, finding cures uder the proper circumstances but managing care, the private sector stinks because they exist to make money and not to treat people with excellent care. Medical care is not a widget where you check prices at each store to make before you go in for care in most instances. People need to realize that when get all “capitalism is #1 in the HC world” attitude.


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