General Internist and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University's Langone Medical Center
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
"Already, we don't have enough doctors. Indeed, the Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that the U.S. will be 160,000 short by 2025. ERs, too, have downsized over time. A yearly survey by the American Hospital Association has shown a 10% decline in emergency departments from 1991 to 2008, despite an increasing demand for such care. So if we have depleted ERs, not enough doctors and millions of more patients, the math doesn't work.
To make matters worse, 16 million more patients will be eligible for Medicaid by 2014, but doctors are limiting the number of such patients they see. Where will these patients go? You got it. The ER. Medicare will soon have the same problem, as more than 70 million Baby Boomers begin to flood the system...
I suggest that the folks in Washington transitioning the health care reform from law into reality must deal with the world as it exists, not as it was sold to the American people...
Consider the ER challenge just one of many we're likely to see as the health care law reveals itself, bit by bit, to the American people."
"The ER Myth: No, Health Care Law Won't Cure This Ailment," www.usatoday.com, July 28, 2010
Experts Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care; top-level federal government officials significantly involved in health care and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center
Fellow, Master Scholars Society, New York University School of Medicine
Medical Director, Doctor Radio (NYU Langone and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio)
Senior Medical Contributor, Fox News
Columnist, LA Times
Member, Board of Contributors, USA Today
MD, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1985