Obamacare sure is working great, isn't it? According to an absolutely stunning new poll, 40 percent of all U.S. doctors plan to bail out of the profession over the next three years. Yes, you read the correctly. 4 out of every 10 doctors in America say that they are getting out in the next three years. Considering the fact that the United States was already facing an acute shortage of doctors in the coming years, this has the potential to destroy the U.S. health care system. Not that the other elements of Obamacare weren't going to completely wreck it already, but if hordes of doctors start running for the exits this is going to create a health nightmare of unprecedented proportions. The greatest medical system in the history of the world is degenerating into a complete and utter wasteland.
The new poll mentioned above was a Merritt Hawkins survey of 2,379 doctors for the Physicians Foundation which was conducted back in August.
According to that survey, 40 percent of U.S. doctors said that they would "retire, seek a nonclinical job in health care, or seek a job or business unrelated to health care" at some point over the next three years.
Not only that, but 74 percent of the doctors surveyed said that they plan to make "one or more significant changes in their practices in the next one to three years, a time when many provisions of health reform will be phased in."
Are you alarmed by those numbers?
You should be.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the United States was already going to be facing a shortage of as many as 150,000 doctors over the next 15 years.
But now that crisis is going to be much, much, much worse.
What is even more frightening is that the results of the Merritt Hawkins survey are right in line with what we have been seeing in other polls over the past year. Just consider the following examples....
*An IBD/TIPP poll taken in August 2009 found that 4 out of every 9 American doctors said that they "would consider leaving their practice or taking an early retirement" if Congress passed Obamacare.
*According to a survey published in the New England Journal of Medicine, approximately one-third of all practicing physicians in the United States indicated that they may leave the medical profession because of the new health care law.
Those are some very sobering numbers.
At the moment, there are approximately 960,000 doctors practicing medicine in the United States.
If one-third of those doctors decided to bail out of the profession, that would mean that we would suddenly have a shortage of 320,000 doctors in the United States.
So is that the kind of "change" you can believe in?
But Obamacare is not just chasing doctors out of the health care system. It is also causing the cancellation of hospitals.
In fact, the new health care law has already forced the cancellation of at least 60 doctor-owned hospitals that were scheduled to open soon according to the executive director of Physician Hospitals of America.
Unfortunately, as long as Barack Obama is in office there does not appear to be a prayer that Obamacare will be repealed.
But that doesn't mean that lots of big corporations and big unions aren't trying to get out of it. In fact, 222 organizations have already been granted Obamacare waivers and that number is growing rapidly.
Sadly, most of us are not going to be able to get waivers and we are just going to have to put up with it.
Already reports are pouring in from coast to coast of health insurance premiums increasing dramatically due to Obamacare.
What a nightmare!
Hopefully someday the Republicans will get enough power in Washington D.C. to be able to overturn this horrific law.
But for now we are just going to have to live with it.
So welcome to Obamacare.
Hopefully in the years ahead you will actually be able to find a doctor when you need one.