by Deane Waldman
Whom do you want to operate on your heart: a doctor or a bureaucrat? This scenario is neither a joke nor an exaggeration. Two trends happening right now make it likely that the person who will provide your health care will have a BA or MBA after his name rather than “MD” or “RN.”
Trend 1: Losing doctors
Doctors are increasingly refusing to see government-insured — viz., Medicare — patients, or leaving medicine altogether. With our government attacking our doctors, why should they keep seeing government-insured patients? And the word “attack” is truth, not hype.
Imagine you are a doctor. You help a sick patient and bill for your services. The government pays whatever it wants — a small fraction of your bill. Worse, it continually reduces these payments, now below your cost to stay in business. The ACA (Patient Protection and Affordable [hah!] Health Care Act, or ObamaCare) spends over $1 trillion on bureaucrats, taking it from doctors, and thereby reducing patient care.
You are still the doctor. You spend your time and energy trying to follow an ever-increasing number of rules and staying within regulatory compliance, instead of seeing your patients or thinking about their care. You constantly cry, “Please, government! Stop piling on useless and harmful regulations. Stop telling me what I can do and what I cannot. Stop practicing medicine. Leave that to doctors!”
Now you are a patient. Though most doctors and nurses do very well for you, some patients have bad outcomes. In one second, the same care provider you