Even though President Trump promised to let Obamacare fail before coming to a deal with the House and Senate Democrats who wouldn’t budge on repeal and replace efforts, doctors are taking the brunt of the damage.
In 2015, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reported that there will be a shortage of 90,000 physicians by 2025, particularly in the practice of primary care. Dr. Bruce Koeppen, dean of the new Quinnipiac University Medical School, has put an emphasis on bringing in more applicants who want to specialize in primary care to help curb the massive shortfall of 35,000 primary care physicians in 2025.
“Your primary care physician is your navigator through the healthcare system,” Koeppen told CBS2 New York. “They see you for every particular problem you have, they can refer you to specialists if that’s the case, but they’re the ones who know you the best.”
Some of the reasons for this massive shortage include an increasing demand for primary care doctors, physicians who are retiring from the profession, and, of course, money.
“If you’re graduating from medical school with several hundred thousand dollars in debt, you may choose a sub-specialty where your earning potential is greater,” Koeppen continued.
Obamacare offered rising Medicare reimbursements for physicians to incentivize them to see more patients. However, insurers were fleeing the Obamacare health care market exchange causing fewer people to sign up for insurance, which ends up hurting doctors who see patients and end up doing pro bono work.
If Congress is able to come to a solution on health care, they’ll be saving more than just the sick and financially insolvent, they’ll be saving the medical profession too.