I recently had a discussion with a very pro-Obamacare nurse about my theory that those of us who live in areas that are popular with physicians have good health care no matter what their insurance status, and those of us who live in unpopular areas have lousy care, no matter how much money or insurance coverage they have. The nurse kept repeating the mantra that fairness demands sacrifices for all, etc. But until the government is able to force physicians to live in areas where they don’t want to live, I don’t see an increase in “fairness” any time soon.
In the Inland Empire, an economically depressed region in Southern California, President Obama’s health care law is expected to extend insurance coverage to more than 300,000 people by 2014. But coverage will not necessarily translate into care: Local health experts doubt there will be enough doctors to meet the area’s needs. There are not enough now.
Fairness also requires lower compensation for physicians:
Physician compensation is also an issue. The proportion of medical students choosing to enter primary care has declined in the past 15 years, as average earnings for primary care doctors and specialists, like orthopedic surgeons and radiologists, have diverged. A study by the Medical Group Management Association found that in 2010, primary care doctors made about $200,000 a year. Specialists often made twice as much.
Soooo…. let’s assume that you are unable to talk your kid out of going to medical school. Will you at least suggest that he or she become a specialist? Probably a ROAD (Radiology, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology, and Dermatology) specialist, since the hours are more regular. But most people I know are simply encouraging their kids to avoid medical school and go to law school, get an MBA, become a veterinarian or a dentist – anything but medical school. That’s the sad truth.
Go to the link if you want to read the full explanation, but it is so obvious that it simply astounds that the Left hadn’t thought of it prior to today. What dolts.