Report: 83 Percent Of Doctors Have Considered Quitting Over Obamacare

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obama-health-careEighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, according to a survey released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association.

The DPMA, a non-partisan association of doctors and patients, surveyed a random selection of 699 doctors nationwide. The survey found that the majority have thought about bailing out of their careers over the legislation, which was upheld last month by the Supreme Court.

Even if doctors do not quit their jobs over the ruling, America will face a shortage of at least 90,000 doctors by 2020. The new health care law increases demand for physicians by expanding insurance coverage. This change will exacerbate the current shortage as more Americans live past 65.

By 2025 the shortage will balloon to over 130,000, Len Marquez, the director of government relations at the American Association of Medical Colleges, told The Daily Caller.

“One of our primary concerns is that you’ve got an aging physician workforce and you have these new beneficiaries – these newly insured people – coming through the system,” he said. “There will be strains and there will be physician shortages.”

The DPMA found that many doctors do not believe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will lead to better access to medical care for the majority of Americans, co-founder of the DPMA Kathryn Serkes told TheDC.

“Doctors clearly understand what Washington does not – that a piece of paper that says you are ‘covered’ by insurance or ‘enrolled’ in Medicare or Medicaid does not translate to actual medical care when doctors can’t afford to see patients at the lowball payments, and patients have to jump through government and insurance company bureaucratic hoops,” she said.

The American Medical Association, which endorsed Obama’s health care overhaul, was not able to immediately offer comment on the survey. Spokesperson Heather Lasher Todd said it would take time to review the information in the survey.

Janelle Davis of the American Academy of Family Physicians said the AAFP could not provide thoughtful commentary without studying the survey’s findings and methodology.


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  1. Maybe the doctors should get used to “lowball payments”. Who gave them the right to earn more than a plumber or electrician? They are a bunch of spoiled brats who need to put in their place. I can’t wait for Obama Care to kick in and teach these spoiled doctors a lesson they so richly deserve

  2. #1 you have a great point, next time you need medical care, call a plumber or electrician, after all, doctors, plumbers, electricians are all the same.

  3. Spoiled brats? These people go through 7 years of schooling at a minimum! They dedicate their lives at the sense of their family time and personal time to save people’s lives. Kol hamatzil nefesh achas…
    I hope you’re not serious!

  4. What an incredibly stupid thing to say. First of all many plumbers and electrician earn incomes equivalent to those of physicians. They do so by being honest, hardworking and entrepreneurial. Not by sniping and envying other people. Then there is the fact that in order to become a physician requires four to eight years of expensive and difficult education. The typical physician must work for five to ten years before he reaches the break-even point on his educational costs.

    What this survey shows is that this Obamanation of a program will destroy the American medical system. It will result in the emigration of most American doctors to other countries. There are shortages of trained and qualified physicians all over the world. Other countries would welcome American trained and experienced doctors with open arms and pockets.

  5. Eli, are you aware that most doctors begin their practice after 10-12 years of post secondary schooling, with a debt of $200,000-$300,000. They work under tremendous pressure for long hard hours.In addition they must pay for their offices, equipment and staff.
    Maybe you’d prefer the Canadian system which is strictly no frills meaning small understaffed offices, long wait times, and a severe shortage of good doctors, in addition to sky high taxes. As ECHO in Canada puts it: the Canadian system is workable as long as one is healthy. We’re grateful that at least in desperate situations we have a neighbor to the south with a good health care system even if it is costly.

  6. We must make an effort to get rid of the
    incumbency in 11/12.

    If he ggets in he will change course and remain steadfast in his penchant to

    make this a socialist utopia where individuals will not be accredited for their accomplishments.

  7. To Eli:
    Are plumbers and electricians required to carry malpractice insurance? Do they go to college and medical school for many years and carry high loans before they even earn one dime? Does a plumber or electrician file tons of paperwork to get a lousy partial reimbursement from an insurance company or do they charge whatever they want and usually get paid in cash.

    What kind of overhead does a plumber or electrician have? nothing more than a cell phone and a large filthy van.

    Do you have any idea what it costs to maintain a medical office with staff and nurses?

    Next time you are sick I suggest you call a plumber or electrician to help you.

  8. My dear friend Eli,

    if you can’t see why someone who undergoes years of higher education, works around 50-60 hours a week, including Shabbos, yom tov, weekends, pays thousands of dollars in malpractice and is in constant danger of being sued should earn more than a plumber than your view of reality needs serious adjustment.
    Why doesn’t the government try to put a cap on incomes of lawyers, wall street, contractors,etc.
    There are small practice here in Brooklyn closing down already. And then there are already specialist who do cash only because it is easier to opt out of medicare/medicaid programs than having to see a patient for $20 a visit.

  9. 83% Really? Don’t you think that survey says more about the “Doctor Patient Medical Association” than actual doctors?

    Did you ever even hear of the DPMA before this? I hadn’t. So I googled them. Here’s how they describe themselves: “We believe that the battle for medical freedom is about more than just repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)….”

    So there you have it. It’s a lobbying group.

  10. The problem are not the doctors. It is the insurance companies the rates sky rocketed for the policy holders but they don’t want to pay the fee for the doctors. The over all they pay is maybe 20% and this doesn’t cover the rate the insurance companies charge the doctors to be covered.

  11. Maybe if physician overhead and malpractice insurance costs to run a practice were as low as a plumber’s, and cost for education with up to 14 years in training after entering college weren’t so high, “lowball payments” might be reasonable…so when was the last time you sued your plumber for six figures for coming back out to fix your toilet?

  12. I really don’t know where to start my comment on your comment, eli. First of all, how can you compare an electrician/plumber to a doctor?! Should we start with the MANY years of schooling a doctor has to go through? Since when does a plumber/electrician have to go to school for 8+ years?! In addition, I would think that doctors who take care of one’s life/health should make more than someone taking care of replacable items like pipes and wires!
    I’d like to see you survive one day in the life of a doctor during residency or late night on call, and still call doctors spoiled!
    PS In case you are wondering I am neither a doctor or a doctor’s wife, just an educated person.

  13. Reply to eli:ire one you pay his price.
    I can’t wait for you to live with Obamacare, too. When people like you get sick and go looking for a doctor and can’t find one who isn’t an incompetent hack because every doctor with a brain has opted out of medicine, you can thank Obama for how much good care you’ll be getting. By the way – unlike doctors, plumbers and electicians get to charge whatever they like and if you hire one you pay his price.


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