Back in 2009, an IBD/TIPP poll showed that 4 in 9 doctors would consider leaving their practice or taking an early retirement if ObamaCare or anything like it passed. In March of 2010, NEJM published a survey showing similar physician attitudes.
Now, 9 months after the “reform” bill was shoved down America’s throat, a new survey conducted by Merritt Hawkins on behalf of the Physicians Foundation shows essentially the same thing. Doctors are not going to let the government run their practices:
40% of physicians said they would drop out of patient care in the next one to three years, either by retiring, seeking a non-clinical job within healthcare, or by seeking a non-healthcare related job.
But what about the AMA? We kept hearing that doctors were behind ObamaCare. Why would that organization have supported PPACA if doctors were against it? The answer to that question is “corruption.” A good piece on that issue can be found here. Meanwhile:
A great majority (86%) believes the viewpoint of physicians was not adequately represented to policy makers during the run-up to passage of the law.
So, as was predicted by me (and many others), ObamaCare will lead to a shortage of doctors, just as it has in Massachusetts, the state whose “universal” coverage law served as the model for Obamacare. Is that what Americans wanted from reform? I think not.