Doctors bail out on their practices

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    I retired a year ago at 45. And I practiced from my home, and picked my hours.

    But they are making it more difficult than ever just to keep your medical license. The requirements are really, really bordering on ridiculous. Not worth the hassle for me. Hubby who gives lectures all over the world just had to jump hoops to get his license renewed, and his board certification specialty renewed. The board renewal had a failure rate of 20%. The test was hard. That is absurd. We don't know people who failed, but 20%???

    Is like they really want to get rid of doctors.
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    The AMA is the biggest problems doctors face.

    I am for doctors not needing a license period.
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    We started our new EMR yesterday to be compliant with Obamas new requirements, it sucks.
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    So in your scenario would there be any requirements for practicing medicine?
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    Yep, that's right.
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    This is sad and frustrating to watch.

    Fascism is taking over the healthcare industry.

    The corporate model has been infiltrating dentistry for a while. The original plans were to grow into a corporate model. It did not take long to realize that was not an option for us...
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    When I see my Family Dr. for 3 minutes and most of the time it is his PA or nurse practinioner and yet the insurance is charged $70 dollars and I'm charged $30 and it's all about practicing assembly line medicine in order to maximize profits, then something is wrong with the business model.

    Way too much overhead in dealing with insurance companies and Medicare. I believe you should pay the doctor yourself and then file for reimbursement with the insurance co.
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    And the practitioner gets half of the $70 probably...

    I agree to a point with what you are getting at. That said I think we would be better off with insurance not being involved at all with your checkups...
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    Let's be honest. The trend of physicians selling their practices began long before Obamacare.
    link

    or this one from a publication on the economics of medicine

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    Obama-care/TAX seems to have made our health-care insurance companies way too powerful and rigid.
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    Another thread in which the long term decline of private practice and general/family practitioners is blamed on something post-dating the trend.
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    There is no doubt this has been going on for a while. The unfortunate part is obamacare is going to expedite it...

    Reduced quality and increased volume is just being expedited.
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    So are you saying obamacare will have no affect on the trend?
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    my Dr has been cash only for the last 15 or so years

    he spends more time with me and controls when he wants to work-says his life is better than ever-his entire staff is his RN and receptionist and himself
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    Not much of one. The $ incentive to specialize in a field rather than go into general practice predates Obamacare. Moreover, the general tendency to deskill or break functions down into seperate components to save labor costs dates back to the ~1920s. People like general practitioners, but much of the stuff they do can be done by people without decades of education and training. As long as medicine stays privatized and we remain a knowledge economy, there is no rational reason for a doctor to be a "jack of all trades," career opportunity wise, or monetary reward wise. Just like small craftsmen were replaced by factory workers, general practitioners can be mostly replaced by less skilled labor.
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    We are not talking just GP's anymore...

    In fact the linked article discussed two specialists...
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    But we are still talking about smaller private practices vs. big collaborations/hospitals. Big eats small. Welcome to capitalism.
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    I have no issues with it other than the regulations that cause it...

    Forcing doctors to implement changes they cannot afford is absurd!
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    Why does anyone have a right for their existing business model to continue to function profitably as it always did? Technology changes, the business environment changes, regulations change. Use your political power to stop it, get with it and change or get out. Those are the only options available to anyone.

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