Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Indications of What Obamacare is Really Going to be Like Begin to Emerge

The success of Obamacare should not be measured, as Paul Krugman likes to do, by measuring the number who sign up for coverage under Obamacare. I have written before:

 [S]houldn't the measure of success be how well Obamacare is in delivering healthcare, not  how many have signed up? I may declare that I am going to give everyone in the world a million dollars, who emails me their address, but the measure of success of my million dollar program should't be how many sign up for the program, but how well I deliver on the promise to pay everyone who signs up for a million dollars
So how well is Obamacare doing in terms of delivering healthcare? Here is the latest via AP:
A survey this year by The Physicians Foundation found that 81 percent of doctors describe themselves as either over-extended or at full capacity, and 44 percent said they planned to cut back on the number of patients they see, retire, work part-time or close their practice to new patients. At the same time, insurance companies have routinely limited the number of doctors and providers on their plans as a way to cut costs. The result has further restricted some patients’ ability to get appointments quickly.”

1 comment:

  1. Recently spoke with an office manager nurse, for my family doctor...
    She stated that ACA guidelines were mandating treatment changes, and prescribing guidelines, over-riding the Doctor's better judgement. She also said it really accelerates after Jan 1, 2015