Last month the Physicians Foundation released it 2014 Survey of America’s Physicians — a report card for the health care industry. And the grades for President Obama’s health care law aren’t good: doctors disapprove of Obamcare by nearly a two to one margin.
Doctor Jeffrey Singer broke down his greatest concerns since Obamacare’s implementation, and gave Obamcare a big, fat “F.” Most upsetting to Dr. Singer is how the relationship between doctor and patient has changed — for the worse.
“Obamacare’s assault on the doctor-patient relationship first manifested this time last year, when my patients began receiving cancellation letters indicating that their plans didn’t meet the law’s minimum requirements.
“Some of my patients were transferred to plans that did not include me in the physician network…These plans make it difficult for me to coordinate with other specialists when treating cancer and other complex surgical patients because of the scarcity and distance of other specialists in the plan. And some could only afford plans that significantly limited their health care options.
“No matter which option they chose, Obamacare forced my patients to make trade-offs between pricing, access, and quality of care.”
Dr. Singer watched as his patients were forced into a system that they didn’t want in the first place — and one that ultimately hurt or ended the doctor-patient relationship that had long been established.
In addition to this strain on accessibility, Dr. Singer also writes about the time constraints Obamacare has put on him.
“In their zeal to regulate and standardize health care, the law’s authors empowered bureaucrats in Washington to drown doctors like me in a deluge of paperwork and reporting requirements.
“This has only forced doctors like me to spend less time treating patients. Compared to when Obamacare was passed, I now spend roughly half my time on data entry and administrative work. I feel more like a data entry clerk than a doctor. Surely this time would be better spent in the treatment room or on the phone with patients conducting follow-ups.”
And Dr. Singer is not alone. Physicians reported spending 20% of their time on non-clinical paperwork — not an ideal use of time in an already clogged medical system.
Americans have long expressed discontent with the President’s health care law — the majority saying it has done more harm than good. But now the official report card is in and the grades are not passing. Both patient and physician are suffering under this one-size-fits-all health care law — and both are looking for alternative solutions.
House Republicans have passed multiple bills that would allow Americans to keep their plan and their doctor, decrease unnecessary paperwork, and help families find health care options that works best for them.
Unfortunately, these solutions are sitting in a Democratic-controlled Senate — who also gets an “F” for failing to work. With both doctors and patients asking for changes to this health care law, it’s time the Senate helps, too. House Republicans have passed solutions that will address these problems — but right now they aren’t going anywhere.