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The Doctor Won´t See You
Now. He´s Clocked Out

Wall Street Journal, by Scott Gottlieb

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 3/15/2013 5:33:09 AM

Big government likes big providers. That´s why ObamaCare is gradually making the local doctor-owned medical practice a relic. In the not too distant future, most physicians will be hourly wage earners, likely employed by a hospital chain. Why? Because when doctors practice in small offices, it is hard for Washington to regulate what they do. There are too many of them, and the government is too remote. It is far easier for federal agencies to regulate physicians if they work for big hospitals. So ObamaCare shifts money to favor the delivery of outpatient care through hospital-owned networks.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tappin52, 3/15/2013 6:03:30 AM     (No. 9225957)

My husband and I went to the endocrinologist yesterday. She recently folded her practice into a large doctor owned conglomerate that is swallowing up almost all private practices around here. She told us that because of the new healthcare laws, we are now asked to visit her office only once per year. We will still have to keep track of our prescriptions and e-mail the office for a refill. I´m sure that will go smoothly. My husband´s bloodwork was supposed to have been sent to her for review but she said that the faxes no longer come directy to her office, they go to the main command center and get redistributed from there. She nver got them for our visit. And how many people get access to your records now?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: alloysteel, 3/15/2013 6:10:53 AM     (No. 9225964)

If doctors and other medical professionals are treated like tradesmen and employees, then a whole new mindset comes into play. Doctors shall no longer take an oath as a sacred commitment to dedicate themselves to extending their healing arts to those in need of medical assistance, but instead dispense treatment and advice as if it were merchandise traded at the nearest convenience store. The shortest and quickest answer will be accepted as the final judgment, without appeal and without recourse.

The only course of treatment may become self-administered, as the supply of competent doctors dries up and paper-shufflers become the prime delivery system for medical "services".

Birth-control pills and Viagra will constitute the majority of prescriptions written.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 3/15/2013 6:40:12 AM     (No. 9225990)

Now I get it. The demonrat owned Death Bill used the British NIH as their model. If a surgery runs into a lunch hour, everyone leaves and goes to lunch. The poor patient is just left on the table.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: privateer, 3/15/2013 7:00:09 AM     (No. 9226010)

As 2 states: "Birth-control pills and Viagra will constitute the majority of prescriptions written." And I bet, if you are willing to sign away any rights to sue the doctor, local Ministry of Health, or the manufacturer, you will be able to buy those over the counter soon.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mazeman, 3/15/2013 7:08:11 AM     (No. 9226023)

Just like education, state-run medicine will become an increasingly mediocre service that you´ll still be forced to pay into, even if you have the money to escape it through private options.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Crosscut, 3/15/2013 7:50:28 AM     (No. 9226081)

Many Democrat candidates will get butchered at the polls in 2014 because of Obamacare. Obamacare is such stupid Democrat legislation it may collapse all on it´s own.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Catherine, 3/15/2013 7:57:50 AM     (No. 9226090)

# 1 - I worked in a hospital for a while, and I faxed a lot of lab orders. My suggestion is try to get to know the secretary or clerk in that department, by first name if possible. Be very nice and friendly. She´ll remember that and when your paperwork comes through, it will definitely get where it´s going. Good luck.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: JAN, 3/15/2013 8:22:51 AM     (No. 9226118)

The defenders of O care suggest that no one will ever rush to the hospital emergency room again.

Do they suppose the doctor´s will be available 24/7 to give emergency care?

Wake up people!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: civilservant, 3/15/2013 8:24:06 AM     (No. 9226121)

#7, not that I do not totally agree with your advice and guidance to #1 but isn´t it funny we have to do that instead of existing with an efficient system?

What you describe was SOP in Soviet Russia.......gotta ´know´ that aparatchik to get things done.......

And is also very very typical in any Democrat run city........

Hmmmmmmm.......


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Reply 10 - Posted by: InOhio, 3/15/2013 9:17:35 AM     (No. 9226220)

Every doctor I go to has either become part of a huge hospital conglomerate or is getting ready to. They cannot afford the staff required to deal with the tons of new regs coming down the pike - it will be impossible for an doctor to remain a stand-alone practice in a short time.

And everyone, EVERYONE will have access to your records. All of them. Including any errors or issues you want to remain private.

But you have to turn OFF your cell phone to comply with PRIVACY LAWS.

go figure.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: MattMusson, 3/15/2013 9:29:38 AM     (No. 9226256)

This will speed the adoption of Computer diagnosticians.

Soon, you will buy chips for your smart phone that will accept a drop of blood, urine and spit - and deliver a full medical panel of tests. Then, a computer will diagnose any persistant problems and prescribe meds or refer you to a human specialist.

Computer triage will replace nurse and PA triage. It will come sooner than you think.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 3/16/2013 1:23:12 AM     (No. 9227623)

Like #1 Recently, I was referred to a specialist. When I called I was asked what kind of insurance I had. When I told them it was a form of Medicare, I was put on hold and then told that the doctor couldn´t see me until May, but I could see one of the (lowly) partners. To that I responded Were all of them educated in this country ?



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