Survey: Doctors discouraged about future of medical field
What can be done to fix the problem?
- Duration 7:15
- Date Oct 3, 2012
What can be done to fix the problem?
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When -- survey showing deep discouragement in the medical field in the wake of the president's new health care law which will be front and center tonight.
According to a new survey by the physicians' foundation two years ago more than 66% of doctors were somewhat positive about the medical practice.
While 33% held a negative you.
But as the same doctors how they feel today in nearly 80%.
Say they hold the negative view about the future of health care.
While just 23%.
The survey -- new credibility to Illinois State Senate candidate doctor Barbara -- -- speech that got some attention back in August.
It has since gone viral.
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And finally we don't.
We -- quarterly covers at least ten million more people.
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Or do you.
Joining me now prepare -- -- doctor Marc Siegel a member of our Fox News medical -- team and Stanley have filed.
-- a former healthcare executive -- hospital CEO also the author of political malpractice how politicians made a mess of health reform.
Gentlemen thank you both so much for being here -- you know they say yeah that people who don't like obamacare say that.
That doctor and politicians summed up the problems with Obama care.
Brilliantly in one sentence I assume you agree doctor -- but the question is whether there's anything that could happen tonight.
That would be a game changer and a and an issue you find very problematic I mean health -- sort of been forgotten about since the Supreme Court upheld the law.
We'll make and I'll -- one game changer here.
You know what's -- you might say that doctors are special interest group except that there are tied to a much bigger special interest group and that's patients.
And if patients get the idea out there tonight Americans that you know maybe if your doctors unhappy.
That you might not be getting the care that you need and also I expect President Obama to -- Point out that the health care law is his signature legislation for a year and a half he can't run away from it he's probably hoping it's becoming more popular.
But it's not about doctors being greedy it's about the being overworked it's about how we can't do the services that we want to do.
About how technology is in jeopardy about help patients aren't gonna get the health care they want and that they deserve.
That's the issue and I expect governor Romney to bring that up and I do think that the president is vulnerable on this.
Stand one of the issues you heard that that doctor talk about -- -- sound -- was working.
We have a lot that's added ten million people to the insurance rolls and and not a single doctor this is something that doctor -- and other documents saying for -- -- now saying.
Where are all the doctors gonna come from to service all these new patients because the ones who are Unisys tomorrow are already overworked.
Well that's very correct and and that's the real world problem.
And of course that the physician shortages exacerbated in the primary care.
-- you know I've recommended that that we rethink how we educate physicians.
And how we incentivize.
Our young doctors to going to primary care medicine.
We've got to fix the problem the number of primary care doctors are no question -- -- -- what we haven't but we haven't done it where we haven't done with obamacare go ahead -- -- -- -- -- Illinois you're you're absolutely correct that the law does.
Not address that problem we know that -- will exacerbate the problem because it will I had lots more people.
Seeking -- now with technically.
And ability to pay for care.
So we do have to rethink our physicians specialists and I'll -- that -- everything count delivers here in terms of using alternative for writers.
There are a lot of don't make -- point on that I like to say this to doctor -- -- standard is the one you're talking about.
Doctors short by 20/20 five according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
-- obamacare but then -- the second doctor shortage of those of us who are dropping out of insurance because we can't handle all the paperwork all the restrictions all the regulations.
Under obamacare the AMA who actually backed the law says the 17% of physicians can't work -- Medicare the way they used to.
That's -- second doctor assured we're facing with because of after all the health reform -- -- about expanding insurance and -- of the doctors that take insurance you have a second shortage.
I know with the the problem that I have with doctor Siegel's comments is that it treats the medical profession as a monolith.
And I don't believe that's true and certainly the results of the survey which is a very small reflection.
But the total physician groups you know I have more confidence in the medical profession I think there -- amazingly adaptable.
EE if we listen in 1965 when I first started in health care.
We would hear some of the same concern from some of the same kinds of positions about the coming of Medicare and the truth is is that we -- physician incomes.
You can really see how they've increased.
With the coming up Medicare so I just have more confidence that physicians can make this adjustment.
What we do -- have to produce more primary care doctors I don't.
-- didn't -- -- practicing physicians are gonna learn to love Obama care.
And I know you you've been saying for a while and said did the producers before the show the example of the cardiologist who you do not believe learned a lot.
Well look make and I actually agree with -- about one thing we like to love what we do but this is not 1965.
Because what's happening is it gets harder and harder to apply the high tech solutions we have these days.
We'll -- Democrat out there is that I thought that was easy to understand very easy I had dinner with -- one of my best friends -- cardiologist last week who said to me you know what.
Two years ago I got 550.
Dollars for doing a cardiac -- now on getting 280.
Dollars for doing the same test and I was thinking I know well he's not cutting down on the testing does.
But everyone out there understand to be getting paid half of what you -- do when you gonna say I can't do the same job for that yet.
-- money but but the problem with that analogy and -- which is it -- absolutely correct.
-- is that that's been going all the way before the Affordable Care Act was passed.
We've had at least ten years of efforts by both insurers and government programs to cut positioning becomes you know I believe.
We have yet -- He's a question about what kinds but now is a question about whether -- in -- -- -- working more because the new people coming to see him.
Went under an already difficult situation got to run guys I know you -- will be watching tonight as they get to an important issue in this the first president.