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I'm not worried about power or prestige, right or wrong. If in sharing my views helps to enlighten or expand one's ideas or knowledge, great! If everyone swept past my posts and never read them, well atleast I tried to inform. That's all any of us can do, i.e., your obsession with facts and linked articles to support them.
To each his own. Regardless, you can bet if I truly felt compelled to go the route you have, I'd do my research and put up countless links to support my claims. At this point, I'm content with reading what others have to say, hopefully gain some insight, and yes, share my "opinion" on the matter at hand.
Last edited by Objective Voice; 04-13-10 at 11:37 AM.
For those who are looking for the actual analysis on the physician shortage issue, the report is available at: http://www.aamc.org/newsroom/presski...shortagefs.pdf
Per the AAMC's document, the recent health legislation's impact would amount to a demand-side shock, not a supply shock.
Some hypothetical numbers to illustrate the point of how a demand shock increases a shortage when there is no impact on supply:
Scenario 1: No health law changes:
Patient/Doctor Ratio: 5.0
Patient/Doctor Ratio: 6.0
Based on maintaining the earlier ratio, there would be a "shortage" of 60 physicians by 2020 (P2020/PDRatio2010)-D2020 = (1800/5)-300 = 60
Scenario 2: Health law changes lead to 150 Additional Patients:
Patient/Doctor Ratio: 5.0
Patient/Doctor Ratio: 6.5
Based on maintaining the earlier ratio, there would be a "shortage" of 90 physicians by 2020 (P2020/PDRatio2010)-D2020 = (1950/5)-300 = 90
Under the hypothetical illustration, the shortage increases purely from a demand-side shock. No changes in the expected supply of physicians has occurred.
That's the scenario being painted by the AAMC document on the physician shortage. The document declares, "The United States is expected to face a shortage of 124,000-159,000 physicians by 2025. Potential reforms, such as universal health care coverage, will add to overall demand for doctors and increase the projected shortfall by 25 percent." The document does not mention that such reforms would decrease the supply of physicians relative to what would exist in the absence of such reform.
they gotta go out and buy it themselves
and health insurance aint cheap
furthermore, if they don't go out and buy it, they're facing fines and even jail time down the road
handwritten letter from thomas barthold, chief of staff for jct (joint cmte taxation) to senator ensign
Democrats: Buy health insurance or go to jail
According to who? In that same list it notes that patients were getting gourmet meals, private rooms, family accommodations, upscale service. Clearly quality was different. Are you saying the BMW driving experience isn't a higher quality driving experience?12. No increased quality of care.
How do they do this exactly? They attract patients because of their higher quality care, marketing, etc. They likely even attract them simply beacuse they cost more. Desginer clothes don't really look or function differently than Target's version, so we ban designer clothing? This is a matter of public policy?Doctor owned hospitals get larger share of highdollar patients,
Yes. Corollas have reduced "services" because a lot of the auto-spend is on lexus, SUVs, BMW, and Mercedes. And this is a matter of government intervention why?leaving full hospitals with lower income patients and having to cut services because of the loss of higher paying patients.
the more we learn about this PIG of a bill...
why didn't the party think of these things, y'know, in advance?
Healthcare overhaul won't stop premium increases - latimes.com
(CNSNews.com) ? The new health care overhaul law ? that promised increased access and efficiency in health care ? will prevent doctor-owned hospitals from adding more rooms and more beds. >>
They forgot to mention that they won't be needed because new non-profit clinics will take their place.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.