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Who’s Left to See the Patients Post-Obamacare?


Thanks to Obamacare, the medical landscape may be dramatically different by the time 2014 rolls around.  Forty percent of doctors are planning to stop providing patient care in the next year to three years, according to a study released last month by Merritt Hawkins and the Physicians Foundation. Instead, they’ll retire, leave healthcare entirely, or seek a healthcare job that doesn’t involve patient care.

More good side effects of Obamacare? Well, 60 percent of doctors think that they will no longer take or severely restrict how many patients they can take in certain categories, such as those using Medicare or Medicaid. Fifty-nine percent think Obamacare will result in them spending less time with patients. And 56 percent think that Obamacare’s implementation will lead to a diminished quality of medical care.

This isn’t new: 67 percent of doctors said their initial reaction to Obamacare’s passing was somewhat or very negative. And nearly 40 percent report that they now feel even more negative about the bill than they did when it first passed.

So, to sum up: 2014 is likely to bring fewer doctors total, fewer doctors who will take Medicare or Medicaid patients, and worse medical care for those who do manage to get a doctor’s appointment.

(Hat tip: Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey)


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