When Will The Government Start Forcing Doctors To See Obamacare Patients?
Patient access to doctors is approaching a perfect storm of decreased physician supply, more demand for medical care—especially after Obamacare kicks in—and doctors increasingly refusing to see low-paying Medicare or Medicaid patients. If the “promise” of Obamacare’s access to health care is to be kept, government will eventually have to force doctors to accept Obamacare-covered patients. Because such a step would represent such a radical departure from physician autonomy, you might call it the “medical nuclear option.”
To begin with, the U.S. is already facing a doctor shortage. The Association of American Medical Colleges warns that the nation will face a shortage of 91,500 physicians by 2020. With respect to family physicians, a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine predicted a primary care physician shortage of 52,000 by 2025...
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