- Posted October 13, 2013 by
saint louis, Missouri
Who will treat you?
Prior to health care reform, which will flood the health care industry with tens of millions of new clients, their has been a severe shortage of qualified doctors. Due to rising malpractice lawsuits and the extreme costs of insurance, many doctors have closed their practices and new doctors are avoiding general practices and entering specialized fields or cosmetic treatments. The AMA has predicted a shortage of almost 65,000 doctors by 2014 and this number will double over the coming years. It takes at least 10 years to train a doctor and this does not include the years of actual practice required to become competent. Thus there are no short term solutions to this glaring flaw in health care reform.
The costs of medical malpractice has topped $55 billion per year in the US. According to the Institute of Medicine, preventable medical errors kill about 100,000 Americans every year and injure hundreds of thousands more. This is the sixth largest killer in America. We have an epidemic of negligence. Nearly half of the nation's doctors admit to not reporting incompetence or medical errors. Errors in the medical field, while young doctors are learning their trade is a very dangerous situation for patients. Making a mistake in medications or surgeries has a greater impact, than an inexperience mechanic putting the wrong oil in your car.
While most major causes of preventable death have been declining, the death toll from prescription drugs has doubled over the last decade. Naturally, as millions more enter as potential patients, this trend of medical deaths will make the word epidemic an understatement.
Further compounding the shortage of doctors is due to human nature, millions of people will flood doctors' offices for non- life threatening illnesses and pains, simply because they have forced health insurance. The motivation being, "Well, I'm paying for it, I might as well use it," This predictable flux of patients will create a log-jam of people, who will block access for those with more serious conditions. Doctors will be forced to reject patients or be pressured to rush through diagnosis and treatments, both a having dire effects on the quality of medical care.
Politicians have been well-paid to pass the health care legislation, thus they do not care that there are insolvable issues, such as, having enough trained doctors to support this program. Unfortunately, untold hundreds of thousands of Americans will die and millions will suffer from unnecessary injuries, but every one will have health insurance. Still there will be no answer to, "Who will treat you?"