Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Slaughterhouse for American Medicine: It's War on Doctors

The New England Journal of Medicine says that nearly half of America's family doctors and internists feel that ObamaCare will force them out of medicine--or make them wish that they could get out.

Nearly three-quarters of doctors in all specialties have gotten that message. Nearly half of the surveyed doctors think that the decline in physician supply will be dramatic.

One quarter are already thinking about early retirement if ObamaCare passes (or is deemed passed, or whatever).

One fifth will try to leave medicine even if they are not near retirement age.

And among those not contemplating leaving medicine altogether, many think they will have to close their private practices and work exclusively through hospitals. Surgeons and OB-GYNs who remain in business, in private practice or otherwise, are worried about the expected serious decline in the availability of anesthesia and anesthesiologists.

Some key findings of the published survey:
  • 46.3% of primary care physicians (family medicine and internal medicine) feel that the passing of health reform will either force them out of medicine or make them want to leave medicine.

  • 72% of physicians feel that a public option would have a negative impact on physician supply, with 45% feeling it will “decline or worsen dramatically” and 27% predicting it will “decline or worsen somewhat.

  • 24% of physicians think they will try to retire early if a public option is implemented.

  • 21% of physicians would try to leave medicine if a public option is implemented, even if not near retirement age at the time.

  • 36% of physicians would not recommend medicine as a career, regardless of health reform.

  • 27% would recommend medicine as a career but not if health reform passes.

  • 41% of physicians feel that income and practice revenue will “decline or worsen dramatically” with a public option.
Source:“Physician Survey: Health Reform’s Impact on Physician Supply and Quality of Medical Care,” The Medicus Firm,
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