Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Healthcare Rationing

The proposed national healthcare plan developed by the Obama administration and Democratic congress is really a "rationing" program. What does this mean?

From an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal:

Doctors will consolidate into larger practices to spread overhead costs, and
they'll cram more patients into tight schedules to make up in volume what's lost
in margin. Visits will be shortened and new appointments harder to secure. It
already takes on average 18 days to get an initial appointment with an
internist, according to the American Medical Association, and as many as 30 days
for specialists like obstetricians and neurologists.

Right or wrong, more
doctors will close their practices to new patients, especially patients carrying
lower paying insurance such as Medicaid. Some doctors will opt out of the system
entirely, going "cash only." If too many doctors take this route the government
could step in -- as in Canada, for example -- to effectively outlaw private-only
medical practice.

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