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HonestChieffan
06-27-2011, 12:10 PM
Where does this lead?



http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/health/policy/27docs.html

WASHINGTON — Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of “mystery shoppers” to pose as patients, call doctors’ offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it.

The administration says the survey will address a “critical public policy problem”: the increasing shortage of primary care doctors, including specialists in internal medicine and family practice. It will also try to discover whether doctors are accepting patients with private insurance while turning away those in government health programs that pay lower reimbursement rates.

Federal officials predict that more than 30 million Americans will gain coverage under the health care law passed last year. “These newly insured Americans will need to seek out new primary care physicians, further exacerbating the already growing problem” of a shortage of such physicians in the United States, the Department of Health and Human Services said in a description of the project prepared for the White House.

Plans for the survey have riled many doctors because the secret shoppers will not identify themselves as working for the government.

“I don’t like the idea of the government snooping,” said Dr. Raymond Scalettar, an internist in Washington. “It’s a pernicious practice — Big Brother tactics, which should be opposed.”

According to government documents obtained from Obama administration officials, the mystery shoppers will call medical practices and ask if doctors are accepting new patients and, if so, how long the wait would be. The government is eager to know whether doctors give different answers to callers depending on whether they have public insurance, like Medicaid, or private insurance, like Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Dr. George J. Petruncio, a family doctor in Turnersville, N.J., said: “This is not a way to build trust in government. Why should I trust someone who does not correctly identify himself?”

Dr. Stephen C. Albrecht, a family doctor in Olympia, Wash., said: “If federal officials are worried about access to care, they could help us. They don’t have to spy on us.”

Dr. Robert L. Hogue, a family physician in Brownwood, Tex., asked: “Is this a good use of tax money? Probably not. Everybody with a brain knows we do not have enough doctors.”

In response to the drumbeat of criticism, a federal health official said doctors need not worry because the data would be kept confidential. “Reports will present aggregate data, and individuals will not be identified,” said the official, who requested anonymity to discuss the plan before its final approval by the White House.

Christian J. Stenrud, a Health and Human Services spokesman, said: “Access to primary care is a priority for the administration. This study is an effort to better understand the problem and make sure we are doing everything we can to support primary care physicians, especially in communities where the need is greatest.”

Iowanian
06-27-2011, 12:43 PM
Maybe he should dumb down the requirements for to be an MD and make it easier for unqualified people to get into med school....should probably shorten it by a couple of years so it's not so much of a daunting prospect and hindrance to desired achievement.


That....or make it less bullcrap and require actual damages before a doctor is sued, and stop mandating medical related rules and laws that are driving doctors from the field into retirement.

vailpass
06-27-2011, 12:47 PM
Idiocracy here we come.

The Mad Crapper
06-27-2011, 12:57 PM
http://www.moonbattery.com/Crooks-Commies.jpg

http://commieblaster.com/

Calcountry
06-27-2011, 02:00 PM
That dude from Florida was right, only it was the Demoncrat plan. Just don't get sick.

The Mad Crapper
06-27-2011, 02:03 PM
That dude from Florida was right, only it was the Demoncrat plan. Just don't get sick.

http://th113.photobucket.com/albums/n233/glasscottage/Politics/th_AlanGrayson.jpg

ROFL

Chief Henry
06-27-2011, 04:29 PM
Its only going to get worse if Obamacare stays intact.

The Mad Crapper
06-27-2011, 04:50 PM
Its only going to get worse if Obamacare stays intact.

Oh it will.

mikey23545
06-27-2011, 05:13 PM
Maybe he should dumb down the requirements for to be an MD and make it easier for unqualified people to get into med school....

You're thinking of affirmative action.

fan4ever
06-27-2011, 05:43 PM
http://th113.photobucket.com/albums/n233/glasscottage/Politics/th_AlanGrayson.jpg

ROFL

Even the photo alone of him makes you want to kick his ass.

The Mad Crapper
06-27-2011, 05:46 PM
Even the photo alone of him makes you want to kick his ass.

Oh, no doubt.

LMAO