California’s largest medical association found in a recent survey that some 7 out of 10 doctors in California had decided not to participate in the state’s Obamacare exchange.
Those numbers could play havoc with the state’s attempt at socializing healthcare. If Californians sign up for Obamacare’s coverage in any great number, there will be nowhere near enough doctors to cover all of the patients.
The President of the California Medical Association says that he is “not surprised” at the amount of doctors revolting against the Obamacare system.
“It doesn’t surprise me that there’s a high rate of nonparticipation,” “We need some recognition that we’re doing a service to the community. But we can’t do it for free. And we can’t do it at a loss. No other business would do that.”
Of course no other business would do that. No businessman in their right mind would do all of the work entailed in starting a business if they didn’t think they might make a very good profit.
It’s just not worth it!
It’s worth even less for a doctor. Doctors not only have to run a business, they have to go through years of education and hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt to start their businesses. Why would they put themselves through all of that pain and effort if they weren’t assured a nice profit and the luxuries of financial prosperity?
And other medical professionals are starting to speak out about the problem as well.
Alex Briscoe, health director for Alameda County Health Care Services Agency says,
“Enrollment doesn’t mean access, because there aren’t enough doctors to take the low rates of Medicaid. There aren’t enough primary care physicians, period.”
Briscoe hopes his eight community health centers can handle the 200,000 uninsured individuals he said reside in his county, but he warned that “there is a doctor shortage. It is going to get worse as more people enter the market.”
Briscoe professed not to be surprised by the refusal of doctors to participate in Covered California. “It rings true. I’ve been kind of wondering in my head, ‘How are they offering such low premiums?’ ”
Due to its population size and liberal bent, California will probably become the first state with lines as long as the ones you’d find in Canada or the UK for healthcare. Good luck getting medical care in California as Obamacare progresses – it’s going to be tough.
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