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  • Can't Find a Doctor? Obama Will Only Make It Harder

    The New York Times reports today:

    Obama administration officials, alarmed at doctor shortages, are looking for ways to increase the supply of physicians to meet the needs of an aging population and millions of uninsured people who would gain coverage under legislation championed by the president.

    The officials said they were particularly concerned about shortages of primary care providers who are the main source of health care for most Americans.

    The rapid growth of government controlled health care is already driving talent away from the medical profession. If a public plan is included in health care reform, private care will only erode further. Heritage fellow Robert Book explains what will happen next:

    The absence of other payers would give the “single payer” the freedom to reduce payments far more than Medicare can in the presence of a large percentage of privately insured patients. The result would be substantially lower payments—the “single payer” would be a “stingy payer.” Physicians’ income would be substantially reduced. Indeed, in countries with single-payer health systems, the average income of physicians is substantially lower than in the United States. For example, physicians in the Britain and Canada have incomes more than 30 percent lower than their U.S. counterparts.

    The establishment of a “single payer” health care system would inevitably result in lower payments for physician and other health care providers. The immediate effect of having a single (“stingy”) payer would be lower incomes for physicians and a reduction in the supply of active physicians, thereby impairing access to health care for all patients. However, the result of “single/stingy payer” health care will not only be lower incomes for physicians now but reduced

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    9 Responses to Can't Find a Doctor? Obama Will Only Make It Harder

    1. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      President Obama should just use Urban Health Care Procedures. Drive up and down the Urban streets and grab a few "under privilaged" people, clean them up and give them a diploma (because they never got the chance in Life due to being held back by the rich). Then set them up in hospitals or private practice (with taxpayer money) and viola! The "doctor shortage" will be solved.

      See, works just as well as President Obama's Urban Economics!

    2. jaxddt says:

      Great idea Ozzy!!!! Change you can believe in

    3. H. P. Collyer says:

      Ludicrous! I think this is only part of the problem. The single payer plan doesn't affect engineering but yet there is an engineering shortage. This article fails to mention that 18 year olds don't want to commit to careers which requires extensive time, commitment and college educations. Everyone wants to be an over night success on American Idol or playing basketball.

      I use to be an engineer for Motorola, which requires normally a Masters in a technology field to work there. I would look around at my co-workers and I would be the only white guy, everyone else was from a foreign country that had beg, borrowed or swam to get here in their teens, came with nothing on their backs, learned english, finished high school, went to college, got and advanced degree and most of the time were top of their class to work for a company like Motorola. Our america culture has changed, teenagers don't want to work that hard, hell I can't find a one that even mows grass anymore, it's beneath them. Nintendo is more important!

    4. Nate Smith ,Melbourn says:

      The DR. shortage could be solved in the manner Venezuela did it.They brought in Cuban Dr's and gave Cuba oil in return . The DR's also brainwash the patients on the merits of Socialism while treating them ,Obama should go for that one big time .

    5. Grog, Al says:

      This is what England does. A nurse practioner sees you instead of a doctor and tries to diagnose your condition. If it looks like you have a serious problem then she might send you to a doctor. So you better hope you do not have a serious condition that is over their head. My friend said the doctors in England are excellent if you can ever get to see one.

      Studies in Europe have showed that the health care system in the US has much better cure rates but that never gets mentioned here. Also I think that the reason we spend more money on health care is because we are trying to get people well and in socialist countries, they are primarily concerned with their budgets.

    6. Bob, Santa Cruz, CA says:

      I have 3 different friends from Canada and the U.K. All 3 have related that they moved to the United States because of the poor health care systems in Canada and U.K. and exceptionly high tax rates! Both countries have shortages of doctors and the waiting list is extensive for any specialized treatments. They related that in Canada, you can contact companies who can assist you in making arrangements for travel and treatment in the U.S. Obama and the Democrats agenda is socialism plain and simple. The more citzens and illegals promised something for free, the more future potential Democrat voters!

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    8. Annemarie , CT says:

      This situation could all be fixed if it were imperitive that EVERYONE be on the same system, including the man living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and eating $100/lb steak and his family, all of the senators and representatives and their families, all of the community organizers making billions and their families, in other words, make it really National Health Care, not just for us who were not aware we were electing a president with socialist leanings We still have the power to change this if we allow our voices to be heard at the voting booth, a privilege which I am sure the present occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and company will try aggressively to destroy. For those who do not know what community organizers do best, they destroy.

    9. Mike, Toronto says:

      It's amazing how consistenly year in and year out the majority of Canadians continue to say that they receive high quality care from their healthcare system. Yet this article mentions nothing of this. Furthermore, as seen on CNN, one of the recent developments in US healthcare is the emergence of brokers that arrange for US citizens to travel to India or South America to have procedures that were not affordable under the US healthcare system.

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