Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Is There a Doctor in the House? Oh, Wait...

A recent study conducted by the Medicus Firm, a physician staffing agency came up with some rather harrowing statistics. Based on a survey conducted taken from 1,000 physicians in December 2009, a whopping 45.7% expressed they would leave the medical practice if ObamaCare was voted into law.

Now, I don't claim to be a mathematician by any stretch, but what would it look like if approximately half the practicing physicians up and left right around the time that approximately 30 million people (does anyone know what the number is these days) will be heaped into the system? Anyone? Anyone? Even if the health care bill would offer some provisions to train health care professionals, the average time for a physician to be ready to practice would be between 3 and 8 years, factoring in medical school and residency requirements. Well, they could always lower the standards and requirements and shorten that time, right? You still get quality care, I'm sure.

You also have to consider, under such harrowing work conditions, who would want to even bother with becoming a physician? You'll rack up hundreds of thousands of dollars in med school bills, only to have an unbelievable patient load and your pay capped. There will be no tort reform so the burden will invariably rest on you to provide for malpractice insurance and deal with potentially frivolous lawsuits. Add in the need to maintain any quality of life and pay your monthly household expenses, that may leave you with roughly, oh about $75 discretionary income a month. Sound about right? Sure you won't be able to buy a pair of shoes, but the fact that you're doing so much good for SO MANY people is rewarding enough right? Uh huh, didn't think so.

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