I read an interesting article today reporting the findings from a poll that seriously contradict what the White House and the AMA have been suggesting about the way medical professionals feel about the proposed bill to overhaul the health care system. And while I can't say I'm surprised at the overwhelming negative response to the plan - the statistics speak volumes.
An IBD/TIPP poll found the following_
-- 45% of doctors polled said they would consider leaving their practice or retiring early if the proposed health care bill was to pass
-- 65% or 2 out of 3 practicing physicians polled say they oppose the plan
-- 72% of doctors polled disagree with the administration's claim that the government can cover 47 million more Americans with better quality care and at a lower cost
I think there's some truth to this study - and here's why...
Right now, doctors are caught between a rock and a hard place and we have very few alternatives - many doctors have already started moving to other parts of the country where there is less government regulation on how they run their practice. What we are finding - and will continue to find with this health care bill looming - is that doctors have already started dropping their private practices and taking hospital jobs. Many are changing specialties or plan on not offering certain procedures because of strict government regulation once we move toward a universalized health care system - and for those doctors to perform procedure using local hospital facilities, well, that costs money, too. We've been facing a primary care doctor shortage for years now, and the numbers continue to drop. All of these things have a negative impact on the quality of care patients receive.
So I want to do a little research of my own. I want to hear what YOUthink - especially if you're a doctor or in the medical field. How do you feel about the proposed bill and do you think that it will cause doctors to leave the medical field?
Make your voice heard! I'll be reading some of your comments on FOX & Friends tomorrow morning at 6:30 a.m. E.T., where we'll be discussing this report in more depth.