The implementation of the Affordable Care Act also known as ObamaCare has caused some interesting responses and reactions within the medical community. Most of those reactions are the direct opposite of the stated goals of ObamaCare.
Let’s look at the goals of ObamaCare and how the healthcare system and healthcare professionals are responding to the increased role of the federal government in healthcare.
First, ObamaCare promised improved access to care for the nearly 50 million uninsured Americans. However, the reality is that more physicians are either leaving private practice, retiring early or getting out of medicine entirely. A national survey conducted this summer by the nation’s third largest healthcare staffing company, Jackson Healthcare, indicates that fewer doctors are in private practice — 52 percent in 2013 vs. 56 percent in 2012. The survey also found a significant shift with physicians leaving their own practice to become hospital employees – a 26 percent