Posted by: Witch Doctor | December 20, 2008

Where have all the doctors gone?

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THE NEW YORK TIMES ASKS THE QUESTION

““People can survive one organ system failing and even two,” the senior doctor said to me after we were finished. “But when that third one goes …”

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“What are the consequences of these projected shortages for patients? According to the Health Affairs report, there are about 75 generalist physicians for every 100,000 individuals. By 2025, when the population will have grown by 18 percent and the number of individuals over age 65 by 73 percent, either primary care doctors will be seeing many more patients than they do now, or several million people will be without a primary care doctor, no matter how accessible health care might be for the rest.”

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“Only one-third felt they had the time to fully communicate with and to treat all patients, and 60 percent felt that paperwork demands resulted in less time spent with patients.

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“The primary care crisis raises questions not just about future access but about current morale.”

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“There was a tremendous amount of disenchantment, frustration, all bordering around one thing,” Tim Norbeck, the executive director of the Physicians’ Foundation, said of the survey. “Doctors feel they can’t spend enough time with their patients because of the paperwork and red tape hassles.”

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“Physicians went into medicine to spend more time with their patients, and that time has just been eroding. There’s serious reason to believe that there won’t be enough doctors to cover people sooner than we thought.”

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“Mr. Obama and his team may find ways to give more Americans access to the waiting room, but what if there’s no doctor on the other side of the door? The crisis in primary care must be addressed before any real change can occur; otherwise, the flood of new patients may instead turn out to be a final strike for our ailing health care system.

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“And at that point for all of us, doctors and patients, the game would be over.”

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