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Is the quality of your health care deteriorating?
Posted - 2/11/2013 11:56:02 AM | show profile | flag this post
That appears to be a distinct possibility as Obamacare becomes fully implemented. California now does not have enough doctors to treat the burgeoning patient load the measure has created.
Because it takes ten years or more to train doctors, increased enrollment in medical schools is not a viable short-term answer.
Sacramento lawmakers are considering lowering the standards for health care...allowing physicians' assistants and nurse practitioners to become primary care providers. This would also apply to pharmacists and optometrists.
While these are highly trained people, they do NOT have the expertise to diagnose rare or indistinct illnesses. In some cases the delay in finding a competent diagnostician could jeopardize patient safety.
Posted - 2/12/2013 10:16:06 AM | show profile | flag this post
this was predicted-along with the fact obamacare will raise-not lower-cost.
also, seven plus million will be losing their healthcare plans thanks to obamacare.
if you like your healthcare plan you can keep it? not so much.
what happens when democrats pass bills they don't read first.
Posted - 2/12/2013 11:04:36 AM | show profile | flag this post
So, Cruzo is saying...
we should deny millions of people health care so he doesn't have to wait to see a doctor.
IF Obamacare is the cause of more people having access to medical care, then the market will adjust with more people training to become doctors.
We won't have a greater supply of doctors FIRST. The demand will drive supply in this case.
Posted - 2/12/2013 11:39:58 AM | show profile | flag this post
PAs and NPs are not at all inferior nor held to lower standards. Moreover, they've been on the scene for years in California. There is no doubt in my mind that the PAs and NPs who've seen me did a fine job. It doesn't take a doctor to do a Pap smear or handle an upper respiratory infection. I think it's wise use of resources for a doctor to have PAs and NPs on staff to free her up for serious cases.
The "chicken little" stuff drives me crazy. Most of the time, it seems to be based on nothing practical and designed to stir up a negative reaction. Approach all "the sky is falling" stories with extreme caution.
Posted - 2/12/2013 12:08:22 PM | show profile | flag this post
Karen, a very real concern
Is the fact that none of the healthcare reform measures actually did anything to increase the quality or quantity of healthcare. Adding more users to an already overcrowded healthcare system will lower the quality of care. You can't add more customers to a business without expanding the business.
I have several friends who are NP's or PA's and I can tell you they in no way decrease the quality of care. They know when to consult with physicians. But again there are no provisions for training more PA's or NP's much less more trained physicians. Adding more patients will increase wait times, and increased wait times can have fatal results.
Posted - 2/12/2013 2:43:17 PM | show profile | flag this post
I fail to see how
Owning an insurance card somehow 'makes you sick.'
In other words; Obamacare is being blamed for "health care deteriorating". Did passing the law make people ill all of the sudden?? Or is it that Amercans were in need of medical treatment before--they just couldn't afford it??
I don't have the stats (if they even exist) but I think it's reasonable to assume that every single trip to the Dr.s office does not absolutely positively require a face to face with Dr. And it's also safe to assume that a visit like that is a helluva lot cheaper than a trip the Emergency Room.
"Adding more patients will increase wait times, and increased wait times can have fatal results." Okay, that sounds logical, but then logic demands that these people were sick in the first place--with NO insurance--hence no health care. So...insuring more people can kill people??? I just don't buy that. It's like making everyone buy car insurance is somehow going to result in more auto accidents.
We'll come up with doctors. "medical school enrollment is on track to grow by 30% by 2016 from 2002 levels" (Marketwatch) If anything--this should be added incentive to boost help for students with their student loans. Just my opinion.
Posted - 2/12/2013 2:47:12 PM | show profile | flag this post
But If You're Very Old...
... like cruiser, then the quality of your HEALTH is deteriorating and you remember the "good old days" and think things are worse now.
Remember how old he was when he was still noozvet?
And he's talking about barbers, not doctors. Because in his day you went to the barber and he rubbed some liniment on the affected area, counted the number of lumps on your head, and gave you a shave.
Obama has taken all of this from us.