Expert Reveals Hidden Dangers That Might Shrink the Number of Doctors in America
-- Government Involvement - The vast majority of physicians oppose government involvement in their businesses. They have not been pleased with VA, Medicare/Medicaid, as these patients do not optimize revenue and profits for practices. Practitioners need private insurance patients to offset costs of treating these patients. -- Quality of Care - Many physicians are considering quitting or retiring if the proposed health care reform becomes law. This is especially true amongst practitioners aged between 55 and 65. Retiring seems like a preferable option as compared to working under a new order. With fewer doctors available and more demand for medical services, quality of care will drop. -- Costs - Medical school is an expensive proposition. Schooling for specialists particularly is so expensive that they are fearful that if they charge what the government will pay, they will never recoup school expenses. Most doctors are saddled with huge debts for at least the first 10-15 years of their careers. -- Malpractice - The health care reform bill does nothing to address one of the biggest complaints of doctors: the cost of malpractice insurance. The cost of malpractice insurance is rising rapidly, driving up healthcare costs."As Americans continue to age and live longer because of medical science, we cannot afford to lose skilled physicians while at the same time reducing the pool of new physicians entering the field," Mitchel said. "Unless healthcare reform can address these issues, it may just be a recipe for disaster." About David Mitchel David Mitchel, VP of healthcare consulting firm Norton Mitchel Marketing, holds an MBA, and has experience in healthcare marketing and cross-cultural business interactions, with particular emphasis on Latin America.
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