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Physician “burn-out” is a phenomenon that results from long hours, tremendous stress, and a demanding profession. Job satisfaction has eroded as a result of a myriad of tasks unrelated to patient care. Doctors are distracted by insurance company gamesmanship, government over-regulation, medical liability concerns, forced adoption of cumbersome electronic record systems, and hundreds of other issues which steal valuable time from patients. These aggravations have been accepted by doctors, as a trade-off for the ability to earn a decent living commensurate with the effort expended. Obamacare eliminates the few remaining incentives left for physicians. Patients will not be happy, wondering whether they will find a doctor to get the care that they need. What is bad for doctors will be infinitely worse for patients.
On any given day, thousands of patients seek medical help from doctors who then order more tests and procedures than are medically necessary.
It’s not that the tests help with the diagnosis or assist with treatment. The doctor orders these MRIs, X-rays, CT scans and blood work, for example, solely to keep from being sued.
Gallup says one in four health care dollars spent in American can be attributed to these unnecessary procedures. In Georgia, the cost of defensive medicine is estimated to be about $13.25 billion annually.
The editors asked the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, to describe their health care platforms and their visions for the future of American health care. Their statements follow.
The Obama healthcare law and Medicare received considerable mention in last night's debate. The Affordable Care Act remains unpopular amongst a majority of American voters, therefore, the president's single legislative achievement has been rarely discussed on the campaign trail and at the Democrat National Convention. Unfortunately for Vice-President Biden, the debate required he go on record defending the law to the American public. At the same time, Vice-Presidential candidate Congressmen Ryan, a critic of the healthcare law had to defend his party's opposition to the new law. Betsy McCaughey, RN, is a health policy expert, defender of patient freedom and is perhaps the one persn who has the most experience reading the nearly 3000 page law. In this video, she explains who won the debate on this emotionally charged issue.
An "oldie, but goody". This 2009 WSJ article was published as the healthcare reform efforts were being forced through Congress. Betsy McCaughey, RN, highlights the thoughts and recommendations of one of the president's leading advisors, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, and provides a glimpse into the direction the president and his party want to take American healthcare.
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health adviser to President Barack Obama, is under scrutiny. As a bioethicist, he has written extensively about who should get medical care, who should decide, and whose life is worth saving. Dr. Emanuel is part of a school of thought that redefines a physician’s duty, insisting that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient’s needs. True reform, he argues, must include redefining doctors' ethical obligations.
Independent Women's Voice, an educational advocacy organization that runs the Repeal Pledge calling for the elimination of ObamaCare, believes that opinions about health care can be changed. When people's views are based on faulty or incomplete information, IWV has had great success in changing those views by offering solid information.
Over one week in mid-September, IWV conducted a message test among independent voters in 24,000 households spread over four states. The goal was to see if simply providing the facts about the true costs of the health law would affect popular support. Would independents, once they were educated about little-known but very real aspects of ObamaCare's popular elements, change their minds about those elements? Would their support overall for repeal increase?
After just one week of intensive, multipart, multimedia education message delivery to households in the test group, the results were dramatic.
No single issue will be more politicized this election than Medicare and efforts to reform this primary driver of our nation's long-term debt. Please read the following article exposing two major deceptions being propagated by the media and liberals intent on scaring the nation's seniors. Don't forget to read the links at the bottom of the article. They are enormously helpful to understanding this contentious issue.
Amongst the many deceptions the president and previous congressional leaders used to pass the ACA, none stands out more than the liberal Commonwealth Fund. Information generated from this notorious proponent of "single payer" healthcare has largely been discredited and ignored by respectable health care policy experts, but their biased information worked effectively in 2009-10 on misinformed members of congress. It seems the Commonwealth Fund is again attempting to deceive the American people when it comes to examining Governor Mitt Romney's vision for healthcare if he is in a position to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Conservatives have been burning up the Internet making it very clear that the AEI scholar who sees ObamaCare as a conservative dream speaks only for himself and definitely NOT for genuine health policy conservatives.
J.D. Kleinke, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a bastion of free-market thinking, wrote a controversial opinion piece for The New York Times Sunday claiming to make “The Conservative Case for Obamacare.”
That Kleinke sees ObamaCare as even remotely conservative reveals his poor analysis based on a misreading of the plain facts of the law. His piece fails to meet even a reasonable standard of scholarship. Here’s a quick overview of responses from our colleagues in the health policy community in published articles this week:
Doctors are working less, seeing fewer patients, and many would quit if they could, a sweeping survey of 13,575 physicians from across the nation shows.
The survey, A Survey of America's Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives, was commissioned by The Physicians Foundation. It is the latest, and perhaps the largest and most comprehensive of a number of surveys that have identified wide, deep and increasing discontent among the nation's physicians regardless of their age, gender, specialty, location, or employment status.
"It is downbeat and it is a concern. What we are documenting here is a trend and the trend is pretty solid," Walker Ray, MD, vice president of the nonprofit foundation, told HealthLeaders Media.
Six years after its passage of a statewide healthcare reform law, Massachusetts' physician shortage in 2012 has hit critical and severe levels for seven specialties. It's a slight improvement from last year's shortage but may be a condition suggestive of what the country may face under national healthcare reform.
Help Dr. Beth Haynes, Executive Director of the Benjamin Rush Society and D4PC executive Board member, find students interested in starting chapters at their school. There is a time sensitive need t o locate students in the NYC area.
Sally Pipes, writing on Investors Business Daily, has an excellent article about the need to give medical students more information about Obamacare.
Recently on "Meet the Press," Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney raised eyebrows when he promised to keep portions of President Obama's health care law in place if elected. The two candidates will no doubt spar over how they'll deal with health reform in the debates, which kick off this month.
One group that will be anxiously watching is medical students — who have identified themselves as ObamaCare's top cheerleaders. Roughly 80% of medical students support ObamaCare, according to a survey of 1,032 at 10 medical schools across the country published in the science journal PLOS ONE.
One of the key provisions of the ObamaCarelaw that could result in drastic cuts to hospitals for treating the elderly and the poor will kick in today. In an attempt to rein in the costs of medical care which many critics say will hurt the elderly and the poor the most, the ObamaCare law will now mandate as of Oct. 1, 2012 that patients who need to return to the hospital for follow-up admissions within 30 days of discharge may not get the level of care they have come to expect.
The new provision will place fines on hospitals for treating returning patients who are readmitted within 30 days after discharge. Critics say that this will lead to serious declines in both the level and quality of care rendered to patients.