We've talked about MLP utilization, we've discussed hospital bed shortages....but now I think we need to talk about one of the biggest hurdles/problems in american medicine today.
We've discussed various issues with healthcare here, and recently I have been talking about the problems with simply enacting or instituting nationalized healthcare....NOTE, I am not saying that we should not eventually do this, as it is probably eventually needed, BUT, we need to do this slowly.....
Keep in mind that it took TEN years for Japan to re-work their healthcare system and provide nationalized healthcare.....TEN YEARS. And their society is much smaller and more homogenous. Recent estimates I've seen have suggested that it will take close to 20 years for a nationalized health plan to truly be implemented and function well. And it must be a multi faceted approach that addresses other problems as well.
Primary care doctors in the United States feel overworked and nearly half plan to either cut back on how many patients they see or quit medicine entirely, according to a survey released on Tuesday.
And 60 percent of 12,000 general practice physicians found they would not recommend medicine as a career.
Eleven percent said they plan to retire and 13 percent said they plan to seek a job that removes them from active patient care. Twenty percent said they will cut back on patients seen and 10 percent plan to move to part-time work.
Now, imagine adding an additional 49 million patients to this system???
And add to that, that a recent survey of 1200 medical students indicated that only, ONLY 2% were planning on entering primary care......2%....we need that to be closer to 30%, at least.