Doctor with syringe. What are the prospects for Obamacare and for American healthcare in general as government “reforms” and increasingly regulates the already tightly controlled industry? To judge by the responses to a survey conducted by the Physicians Foundation and released last week, you might want to front-load your doctor visits, since we’re all likely to find appointment slots in short supply in the not-too-distant future. That’s because a majority of physicians want to quit medicine, and even if they don’t leave the field, they plan to limit patient access to their practices. In fact, doctors are already seeing far fewer patients than they did just a few years ago, even as demand for that increasingly elusive face time is expected to boom over the next few years when the the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act recruits new customers without necessarily giving them anyplace to go.
A Survey of America’s Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives (PDF) comes to us courtesy of The Physicians Foundation, a 501(c)(3) “that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and help facilitate the delivery of healthcare to patients.” Among the survey’s high points: