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Kern County faces a shortage of physicians
Panel will discuss local health care concerns.
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- 11/30/2012 11:17 AM
You guys think this is a problem now, Obama care isn't even in effect yet, and the MD's in this town are still not getting compensated for their work. For example take an ER physician, many patients don't even pay them, yet they are still forced to provide care and take on the high risk of being sued for circumstances that are sometimes beyond their control. They all understand this, but they still took on the challenge of being an ER MD. What's unfair is that a family practitioner that can write off the free care that they give, a emergency room physician cannot. How is that fair? Also the amount of money and time it goes into be a physician takes like the article said a good 8-10 years. I know physicians who have been practicing for 20 years, and are still paying off their student loans....talk about ridiculous. Why in the world would someone want to go to medical school, get saddle with a bunch of debt just to complete residency, and gets paid a meager salary especially when obamacare goes through. People typically become physicians because they want to take care of people that is their calling in life, and also it is a excellent paying job to be able to support a family. However as the salaries decline, and I know some of you will say yeah right they make great money....the amount of taxes they pay are astronomical, no one will want to be a doctor. Why should they take on a high risk job, have debt up to their ears, and not get paid for all the knowledge they have to provide to the community.
- 11/28/2012 9:34 AM
Well its sad and if they do kick in the obama care soon they are not gonna have any at all well what i heard outside physicians are gonna come in from all over the world since its easier to get a job now that all the american ones leave
- 11/28/2012 9:17 AM
Get used to this being a problem, but not only in Bako, but nationwide, once Obamacare kicks in completely. The number of physicians that are starting to shut down their practices and considering changing professions is growing because of the large decrease in payments planned as well as the mandates for patient to doctor ratio built into the law. Also get used to hospitals that offer only some services, while another hospital will offer a different set of services. It's already happening on the East coast and causing extened travel time and an increase in wait times to even get Drs appts. Some of you may thik your wait time in an ER or for an office visit are long now, but wait for what's to come.
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