Now that Obamacare is the law of the land, guess what? Those warnings were accurate, according to a study published by the Heritage Foundation.
As Obamacare expands health insurance to cover 34M people, this expansion in numbers doesn't expand the quality of service or care:
- The nation's healthcare workforce has had a shortage of workers for several decades. Obamamcare is now flooding an already strained strained system by sending millions of newly insured persons to physicians' offices. The nation's current healthcare resources are not able meet the demand created. Forget the shortages mentioned above. With the nation's population growth and aging, demand will inevitably increase. It is estimated that by 2025, ~50% of all Americans will suffer from a chronic disease.
- "So, train new healthcare professionals and offer federal tuition and tax incentives." That's easier said than done. First, training takes at least several years. Second, medical schools currently cannot enroll the number of healthcare workers required to guarantee all of those newly insured persons access that includes quality of service and quality of care. Third, since the rollout of Obamacare, physician dissatisfaction has increased, with ~60% of physicians saying they would not recommend medicine as a career and 49% intending to stop practicing as soon as possible or reduce the number of years they spend practicing. Moreover, increased regulation and costs are causing many independent doctors to sell their practices and join hospital payrolls. In 2011, 50% of U.S. physicians were working for hospitals, insurers, or corporations rather than in private practice.
- Then, too, healthcare professionals are highly concentrated in the nation's urban locales. For example, 10% of the nation's doctors practice in rural areas even though 25% of the population resides there. In addition, Obamacare expands Medicaid in 26 states, and because rural populations tend to be poorer, those citizens will have greater difficulty accessing care, forgetting for the moment about quality of service and quality of care. The President's own Department of Health and Human Services has projected that ~8k primary care physicians are needed in rural areas.
- With all of Obamacare's new regulations, physicians and hospitals are finding it difficult to break even. In 2012, hospitals across the nation laid off 6k workers...with more to come.
All of this was well known long before ACA became the law of the land. So, now that Obamacare is the law of the land and are seeing what's in it, it's time to get ready for longer wait times and increased difficulty accessing healthcare providers. And, once you do do gain access, you'll be facing higher costs along with a shorter period of time with their doctors.
Less quality of service with less care.
Sounds like the DMV. But, think about it this way: Look at what the government healthcare plan has been doing for the nation's veterans. That's what the government is going to be doing to everyone who's on Obamacare in the very near future.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Heritage Foundation report, click on the following link:
"The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on the Health Care Workforce."