Becoming a doctor is not an easy thing to do. You have to be gifted with a lot of mental acumen, work like a dog to have the grades to get into Med school (unless you can ride the affirmative action bus it seems), and have the constitution of a bull to make it through the internship process. And you pay through the nose to have this experience. It’s not uncommon for someone to finish their med school experience, anywhere from being a generalist to a specialist, with anywhere from $200-$500K in debt. And then come the years of brutal work, mostly to pay this debt off. Even becoming a nurse is a painful and expensive process. There is nothing easy or simple about the medical profession, where even the smallest and most mundane tasks and choices can have life threatening or ending consequences, so the education required – by law – to qualify is daunting, and access is heavily controlled.
Of course, your average progressive feels that nobody but the minimum wage earners, certainly not people in a profession where they are custodians of the ill, and definitely not your pampered doctors which should be doing things out of the goodness of their heart, should be paid big money. Profit is evil. After all, healthcare is a right, and nobody should be profiting from any other’s misfortune! It just flies in the face of the unicorn fart sniffers that anybody but the political oligarchy can make a fiscal windfall from their hard labor and years of sacrifice. So, we should not be surprised that as the left pushes harder and harder for control of healthcare to end up being a “service sector” dominated by their idiotic beliefs and controlled by government, that we end up with a doctor shortage, exacerbated by the evils of Obamacare:
Last week, an investigative report revealed that 1,700 veterans who wanted to see a doctor at a Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital were missing from an official waiting list, mirroring a tactic used at two dozen other facilities across the country to mask long waits for medical care.
A few hundred other people are missing from the Veterans Affairs system, too: doctors. he Veterans Affairs Department is 400 doctors short, The New York Times reports. But the doctor deficit is not limited to the VA—it’s a nationwide problem.
America is running out of doctors. The country will be 91,500 physicians short of what it needs to treat patients by 2020, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. By 2025, it will be short 130,600.
Like at the Veterans Affairs Department, demand will be highest for primary-care physicians, the kinds of doctors many people go to first before they are referred to specialists.
While students are applying to and enrolling in medical schools in record numbers, high interest does not necessarily mean more doctors. The number of residences—crucial stages of medical training—has not risen with the number of applicants, thanks to a government-imposed cap. The Association of American Medical Colleges has pushed Congress to change the law, predicting that there won’t be enough residencies for young doctors by next year.
Meanwhile, the number of patients is increasing. Millions of previously uninsured Americans are now able to seek medical care under the Affordable Care Act. Baby boomers are getting older and racking up new ailments, which means they making more trips to the doctor’s office. (The boomers who are doctors themselves are nearing retirement age.)
And both insured and uninsured Americans—including veterans—are sicker now than ever before.
Yeah, this all bodes well for us. The debacle at the VA is just a sneak peak at a fraction of how bad Obamacare will turn out for those of us forced to depend on government controlled healthcare. The idiots that dislike the private sector’s involvement in healthcare – because of profits – never seem to grasp the concept that while the private sector can be regulated and dissatisfied customers can choose to go elsewhere, both of those two critical mechanisms vanish when government controls healthcare. And nobody is pettier and more prone to corruption and evil than your average government bureaucrat.
Welcome to the future. Enjoy your doctor while you still have a choice and can get to one. Get used to the idea of those death panels the left gets so pissed off about when we point out that’s the logical conclusion of their policies, because they are coming our way.