The Doctor Patient Medical Association recently conducted a survey of doctors across the country. Some 699 physicians completed the survey, which took place between April 18 and May 22, 2012.
The results of those that responded indicated an overwhelming belief that the Affordability Care Act (ACA) will be a complete disaster and that many of them are seriously considering leaving their medical practices because of it. Here are some of the statistics gathered from the survey:
- 90% say the medical system is on the wrong track
- 83% say they are thinking about quitting
- 61% say the system challenges their ethics
- 85% say the patient-physician relationship is in a tailspin
- 65% say government involvement is most to blame for current problems
- 72% say individual insurance mandate will not result in improved access care
- 49% say they will stop accepting Medicaid patients
- 74% say they will stop accepting Medicare patients, or leave them completely
- 52% say they would rather treat some Medicaid/Medicare patients for free
- 57% give the AMA a failing grade representing them
- 1 out of 3 doctors is hesitant to voice their opinion
- 2 out of 3 say they are just squeaking by or in the red financially
- 95% say private practice is losing out to corporate medicine
- 80% say doctors/medical professionals are most likely to solve things
- 70% say reducing government would be the single best fix
When you combine all the responses from the doctors that took time to fill out the survey, it says that they want the government out of medical practice and that ACA will not work. Some 83% say they are thinking of quitting their medical practices, they don’t want to be told by government how to treat patients, and they don’t want to have to wade through mountains of paperwork. The government requires heavy fines be levied if they inadvertently make a mistake on the paperwork.
Three quarters of them say they will stop taking Medicare patients. The program, supported by the U.S. Supreme Court, calls for extending the number of people that will fall under Medicare coverage. But if 3 of every 4 doctors who responded quit accepting Medicare patients, it won’t matter how much the coverage is extended because these doctors won’t treat them.
It also shows that, of those that responded, the majority of doctors in private practices are barely surviving financially and they feel that under all of the demands and restrictions of ALA that there is no way for them to avoid losing money. This is the same reason so many of them are considering the option of walking away from their practices.
If this survey is any indication of what is coming with the full implementation of ACA in 2014, it could spell the complete collapse of the medical industry in America. The only place where anyone will be able to receive treatment will be in for-pay facilities, which will mean longer waiting to get in to see the doctor and longer waiting for any testing, surgeries or other procedures.
In Canada where they have a government-sponsored health care program, average waiting time from the time a doctor orders surgery until surgery is performed is 19 weeks (nearly 4.5 months) — that’s 104% longer than it was under the same program in 1993. Under ACA, that is what will be coming to the United States if the Act is not voted out by the people.
Under ACA, chances are high that you will never see the same doctor twice, which means that none of them will be familiar with your health and any medical conditions. This impersonal form of medicine increases the likelihood of a missed diagnosis, wrong treatments, wrong prescriptions, and more malpractice issues. We will no longer be patients with names and real lives; rather we will be a number in the government run health care program.
Three quarters of the American people do not want government’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) to control their health care. Since the U. S. Supreme Court has upheld the Act, the only way it can be stopped is for the House and to vote it out.
When the Supreme Court heard the ACA case, they ruled that the mandate (requiring all citizens to carry health insurance) was unconstitutional. But Chief Justice Roberts said by calling it a tax it could be upheld, and that the only way the people could get rid of ACA was for the people to vote to repeal it. The House and Senate are the voice of the people.
The House recently overwhelming voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), revealing the will of the majority of the American people, but Harry Reid has blocked a vote in the Senate because he feels there are too many Democrats who would vote for the repeal as happened in the House vote.
The only way the American people can stop this government takeover of their health care and government control of their very bodies, is for both the House and Senate to vote to repeal it. The final outcome of this bill will be determined by who the people vote for in this November’s election.