One physician wonders if any doctors will be practicing once
ObamaCare is fully implemented, and he continues to question the
quality of care patients will receive.
In an effort to provide comprehensive healthcare
reform, Dr. G. Keith Smith, an Oklahoma-based board-certified
anesthesiologist, says officials have failed to recognize human
behavior. Lawmakers assume that doctors will continue to work under
ObamaCare, even if they are being paid less for their services.
"Whatever the exchange is between the patient and the physician,
if it's not financially mutually beneficial, then that exchange
tends to not occur," he notes.
Dr. Smith explains that when Medicare first started, doctors
charged whatever amount they wanted, and as a result, more services
were provided. But under ObamaCare, physicians will essentially be
demanded by the government to work.
"If the physicians are not willing to see the patients because
of price controls, which are built into this bill, there will be
people in the streets waving their ObamaCare cards around demanding
care in front of a vacant physician's office," the anesthesiologist
poses. "Or worse -- a physician who is in his office who just
doesn't see how financially it makes sense for him to see
Smith recalls working with an Argentinian hand surgeon who
abandoned his practice when the country implemented its own version
of ObamaCare. That surgeon eventually began waiting tables because
it provided a better income than his previous career.
case, Dr. Smith says state Democrats are beginning to realize that
shifting children from a state-run healthcare program to
California's version of Medicaid may actually prevent people from
getting care. He warned OneNewsNow last month that Medicaid cards will give
holders trouble accessing healthcare.
The state had planned to transfer nearly 900,000 children from
the Healthy Families program to Medi-Cal on January 1 as part of
the budget passed by Governor Jerry Brown in order to save
California more money. But Senate President Pro Tem Darrell
Steinberg (D-Sacramento) now says there are too many issues in The
Golden State's plan to make the transfer.
"I think it's a huge mistake on the part of California to take
this on," Dr. Smith submits. "The whole idea that this is somehow
compassionate to expand Medicaid -- that completely falls apart
when you look through and you see behind the curtain, which is the
fact that some of the Democrat legislators there are beginning to
wonder, Does this Medicaid card that belongs to this child now,
does it actually prevent them from getting care?"
Medi-Cal reimburses doctors at a lower amount, so Steinberg
claims children would lose "health, dental and mental healthcare
coverage and access to critical services." He adds that the
problems with the shift would be a "negative public perception" of
California's ability to implement healthcare reform.
Both Democrats and Republicans initially refused removing the
Healthy Families program.