Fox News reports that many physicians in the United States are bracing for the coming Obamacare strain. While many young and healthy Americans will probably opt out of Obamacare and pay the fines, there will probably be an influx of chronically ill patients. There probably aren’t going to be enough doctors to meet the demand.
As enrollment in ObamaCare begins, physicians throughout the country are preparing to deal with an influx of newly insured patients – as well as the increased financial demands this will place on their practices.
While it will take a few years for doctors to fully determine how they will be affected by ObamaCare, some physicians are already anticipating the need to make major changes to the way they run their practices.
Dr. Sue Decotiis, a New York City internist who specializes in weight loss and hormonal treatments, is fearful that ObamaCare may make it financially impossible to continue the internal medicine side of her practice.
Decotiis says that if reimbursement rates under ObamaCare are too low, she may need to stop practicing internal medicine and instead focus only on the weight loss and hormonal-treatment facets of her practice, for which she receives direct payment from patients instead of reimbursements from insurance companies. (Read More)
I wonder how many doctors will throw in the towel and give up their private practices.