Dr. Jeffrey Singer: Obamacare turns doctors into bureaucrats
This shift has been underway for decades. It began in the 1980s, when Medicare imposed price controls and a coding system on physicians who treated anyone over 65. The regulators believed that such standardization would lead to more accurate processing of Medicare claims.
It is easy to standardize treatment protocols. It is impossible to standardize individual patients.
Enter Obamacare. Because Medicare’s price controls ripple across the entire health care industry, any changes to its fiscal stability will affect nearly the entire medical profession. Yet in an attempt to keep Medicare fiscally stable (which it needs to be, with 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day), Obamacare sacrifices the patient by pushing doctors to the sidelines.
I joined the medical profession because I want to serve patients, not fill out forms. Thousands of others feel the same way I do.
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