This week’s new health reform provision about free preventive services for women got a lot of praise and a lot of coverage this week. It’s not surprising. Who wouldn’t be excited about free checkups, free prescriptions and free screenings. (Of course free is a relative term, but that’s a whole ‘nother conversation.) But there was another bit of health reform-related news this week, too—though the news flew under the radar comparatively.
A new, nationwide survey of US physicians shows that one in three doctors say they will quit practicing medicine in the next decade, blaming health care reform and economic woes. And this isn’t about retirement, either—most are 55 and under. “That creates a real health care access problem,” says Richard Jackson, chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare, which conducted the survey. “Many are demoralized and weighing their options.” We all know there’s a problem. I had to make an appointment more than two months out with one of my doctors recently, the soonest—the receptionist assured me—my doctor was able to see me. And I thought we were close. If we have that kind of problem now, think about all the new patients under health reform. Doctors have warned they simply can’t handle the influx. Now, let’s cut that already small number of doctors by another 34 percent, the number who say all the commotion is causing them to leave medicine. For the full article Click Here.