ObamaCare already creating problems in Calif.

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (OneNewsNow.com)

A healthcare expert says California's shortage of doctors isn't just a problem in the state; it's proof of the flaws of ObamaCare.

Since California is facing a shortage of doctors, lawmakers want to allow non-physicians to treat patients. Proposals to allow nurse practitioners to set up their own practices and to let physician assistants treat even more patients are currently in the works.

The Sacramento Bee notes that under the proposals, pharmacists and optometrists could be primary-care providers and could diagnose and oversee chronically ill patients. Currently, 16 of the state's 58 counties have the full number of doctors required by the federal government. But nearly 30 percent of California doctors are nearing retirement -- the highest number in the country.

Pipes, Sally (Pacific Research Institute)Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) does not think this plan will prove effective.

"I think that this is very short-sighted; there are some things that physician assistants … and nurse practitioners [can do]," Pipes notes. "I think one of the most important points is that under the federal legislation, ObamaCare, there's not just going to be a shortage of doctors in California; there's going to be a shortage of doctors around the country."

While the state's Health and Human Services agency says expanding healthcare roles to non-physicians creates the possibility of meeting the federal government's required number of doctors, Governor Jerry Brown has not taken a position on the issue.

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