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  • "It's their responsibility to have network adequacy," Negron said of the private providers. "So, they'll be responsible for making sure people can get care with network physicians."

    Negron, please...
  • Just the boomers hitting Medicare is going to tax the system. Just think how that huge bubble in the population demographics will work on health care, waiting times, premium costs, etc.
  • Isn't this a case where the Free Market will correct the situation? Doctors will start commanding higher salaries, and more people will go to medical school?

    Or does the vaunted free market not actually work that way?
  • edmo: Just the boomers hitting Medicare is going to tax the system. Just think how that huge bubble in the population demographics will work on health care, waiting times, premium costs, etc.


    The private sector/free market would take care of this without any trouble.

    /sarcasm
  • I would expect more old people smell.
  • First of all, there should be an eyebleach warning for any article that contains a photo of the evil skull of Rick Scott.

    Second, I'm sure that there is a shortage of doctors, but this shortage is also a fear-factor that's being heavily promoted by teabagger ideology as a failing of Obamacare.  Rick Scott would love nothing more than to turn everything over to his health clinics, which are staffed almost entirely by underpaid nurses and PAs.

    The solution to the problem is largely to increase the number of Physician Assistants.  We already have a nursing surplus, since nursing was heavily advertised as a "win-win" educational field in the last 20 years.  Training larger number of PAs would decrease the need for physicians.  Anyone who's been to the doctor in the last 10 years knows from experience how little attention the MD actually pays to the patient, and how little time is spent with a patient during an appointment.  It's the support staff that does the actual work.
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    i want medical marijuana.  but i'm too poor!
  • I'm sure there are plenty of doctors hwo have lost their licenses in other states that would welcome an opportunity tio start over. All their mistakes in Florida will be buried sooner or later.
  • MFAWG: Isn't this a case where the Free Market will correct the situation? Doctors will start commanding higher salaries, and more people will go to medical school?

    Or does the vaunted free market not actually work that way?



    Strange thing about public service medicine.  It pays crap.

    If you can do the exact same thing and get paid half, why would you ever accept that type of insurance?
  • Old news is so exciting.
  • MFAWG: Isn't this a case where the Free Market will correct the situation? Doctors will start commanding higher salaries, and more people will go to medical school?

    Or does the vaunted free market not actually work that way?


    When the compensation paid to physicians for treating patients is dictated by the government, you don't have a free market, and you won't get a free-market-like response. Government controls result in scarcity which results in rationing.
  • If the poors can see doctors, the rich will suffer. No one wants that.
  • unlikely: If the poors can see doctors, the rich will suffer. No one wants that.


    The rich aren't going to suffer one bit. They'll go to one of the boutique practices that don't take government or insurance money. These exist already and more are  being formed every day as the better doctors get fed up and realize that they can make more money with far less hassle if they just deal with people who are willing to pay cash.
  • Medicaid is not Medicare.  Medicaid covers infants and older, Medicare covers 65+, but Medicaid can supplement Medicare when it comes to nursing facility care.
  • I read the headline and expected many possibilities:
    -"Stuck gas pedal"
    -Viagra related death
    -old folks' home scandal
    -fake investment opportunities
    -old people freezing to death as temperatures approach the 50s
    -old person robbing a bank to get food and shelter.

    /So on
    //So forth
    ///So slash
  • ObamaCare™

    This is what we expect from Hopey Changey

    /that means adults
  • Clemkadidlefark: ObamaCare™

    This is what we expect from Hopey Changey

    /that means adults


    0/10

    Obviously the better alternative would've been to just let people stay uninsured and just die, correct?
  • Let's offer medical for all without being able to actually provide that medical care.

    We need more doctors, PA's, and other top end elite.  Lots are ready to retire now, those with 5 years or less to a planned retirement are considering early retirement as a result of heavier, lower re-imbursement patient loads, and the high cost of malpractice insurance.  Some have taken up specialties where they can pick their patient load.

    Limited docs and PA's means limited ability to provide service.  High demand means high costs.  Basic economics.  One of those costs will be doctors retiring early but it will also mean less doctors entering the field as a life of heavy patient populations along with the greater risk of malpractice and the higher paid premiums that come along with it, and  lower compensation for the service rendered.

    Not a good picture.
  • Mrtraveler01: edmo: Just the boomers hitting Medicare is going to tax the system. Just think how that huge bubble in the population demographics will work on health care, waiting times, premium costs, etc.

    The private sector/free market would take care of this without any trouble.

    /sarcasm


    Actually they are starting to fill in the gap.  Walmarts are offering basic medical care as are many other large chains.  Most hospital chains have expanded their realms by purchasing or establishing smaller immediate care centers and clinics, day surgeries, and specialty clinics.
  • Can't we just keep the old system.

    You know, the one were if you were at 70% over the poverty level, you could get free healthcare from the Feds.

    Oh, you promised Big Pharma, Big Insurance, and Big Hospital, guarenteed profits in exchange for political donations.

    That's makes it ok. Suck it DR's, PA's, and RN's.

    Work for the rooster sucker for free. Just imagine the quality healthcare you are going to get from someone working under these conditions.

    It'll really help control our population growth.
  • Slam1263: Can't we just keep the old system.

    You know, the one were if you were at 70% over the poverty level, you could get free healthcare from the Feds.


    I thought you guys were about saving money.

    Are you actually saying that making people go to the ER for minor health problems just because they don't have insurance is actually a good thing?
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