A Deloitte survey reports that a majority of physicians believe many doctors will retire earlier than planned in the next one to three years. The same percentage think medical experts losing control of their clinics will jeopardize the healthcare administration. This group also believes strongly that implementation of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, or Obamacare, will push doctors out of the primary care industry altogether.
A spokeswoman for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Jane Orient, was not surprised by the results at all. In a recent WND article, it was reported that she said doctors already have started leaving the profession through early retirement. Of course, some will instead seek alternatives to what they see coming in the federal government’s takeover of health care. And that’s why we’ve been championing our model of direct care. Because the worst outcome is a doctor not practicing at all. And if that’s what an overregulated market will encourage, then we have a serious problem.
“I think it’s a disaster for patients,” Orient said. “They may lose the doctor they relied on all their lives.” Furthermore, the findings suggest that many doctors are already starting to limit their participation in Medicaid and Medicare because of low reimbursement rates. It’s reported that some doctors have altogether closed off their practices to such patients. That’s equally disheartening, though if the government got out of the way and let doctors be doctors, and insurance spent less time stymying the billing process… wait, that’s far too utopian. Wait, that’s exactly what we’re doing here in Kansas. And we’re not in a hurry to retire any time soon.