Regardless, I do not think it is the ACA-polypse some doctors are making it out to be.
Those that call it Obamacare worry about cost and overflow and government intervention. They say things like “If I wanted socialized medicine, I would live in Canada!”
The ones that call it the ACA, are thankful that finally “EVERYONE will have health insurance!” Or, “Finally, doctors will be paid on their quality of the quantity of patients they see.”
My opinion in 10 statements:
1. Our health care system is a mess.
2. I love what I do. I am sick of “physician advocates” telling me to secure “an alternate career path just in case.” Just in case what? We wake up on Jan 1, 2014 and disease is abolished and all doctors can go on to make homemade wine or take up logging?
3. It is ridiculous that depending on the hospital you go to, your colonoscopy could cost $6000 or $25,000.
4. It is shameful that any patients in this great country have to choose between their medications or their food.
5. I would love to be paid based on the quality of my patient’s health…as long as my patients are paid to actively participate in their health.
6. No health care law is going to make doctors better communicators. We don’t need a law, we need education from the earliest days in medical school.
7. It is not a patient’s fault they got cancer. Just when they need their insurance most, how can we turn them away because they are a “cost liability?”
8. I want to practice good medicine without fear of a law suit–which of the above addresses that?
9. Is 26 too old to be on your parent’s insurance? I don’t know. When I was in med school I had no money and no insurance. Thank God I was healthy. Why does our government decide that at all? How about I, the payer, decide how long my kids stay on my insurance? Kind of like I decide when they are kicked out of my house.
10. I don’t really know what a “death panel” is. It sounds scary but is that just Obamacarian for the ACArian phrase: “end of life/palliative care specialists?”
If you are reading my post trying to figure out which side I am on, I will save you the trouble: I want to keep doing the job I was born to do. I want to have more freedom to order the tests and treatments I know will be effective. I don’t really care what formula is used to determine my pay schedule–as long as it is fair. I would rather see a 26 year old on his parents insurance than dead in a ditch because he couldn’t afford to see a doctor. Lastly, I don’t want to hire more people, spend more money on my overhead expenses, or pay more in taxes.
Of course not. However, speaking two different languages as loudly as we can at each other is not the answer.