To the Editor:
“Obamacare,” the Affordable Care Act recently flew into my window and left a huge rotten egg in my living room.
First, my wife lost her gynecologist because he will no longer accept Medicare patients due to the fact that half-trillion dollars was taken out of Medicare to pay for Obamacare. Therefore, doctors are losing money because Medicare is now paying less per visit.
Second, I have lost two doctors who have left Scott & White Hospital due to changes forced by rules dictated by Obamacare.
Heretofore, my doctor would see me then go to his office and dictate instructions that were transcribed by medical transcription specialists.
Now, due to forced Obamacare changes in medical computer programs many of the medical transcription specialists have been fired to save money. This means Scott & White doctors will have to do their own paperwork.
Moreover, Scott & White is now limiting doctors to 20 minutes per patient and that includes the time taken for this paperwork. So, the time with the doctor will probably be more like 10 minutes.
As my doctor said, “I went to medical school to treat patients, not be a secretary.”
President Obama said, “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.” He said nothing about your doctor not liking the plan and leaving you.
Expect many more unintended consequences like these as Obamacare is implemented.
In sum, Obamacare will mean fewer doctors to treat many more patients. This will mean longer wait times to get an appointment, longer wait times in the doctor’s office and lousy care given. As Dr. Phil would say, “how’s Obamacare working out for you now?”
retired Col. M. L. Handy