Doctors Express Their Concerns Over Obamacare

Doctors Express Their Concerns Over Obamacare

Posted: Updated:

Internist Dr. Lloyd May believes Obamacare will be a literal shipwreck.

“Did you see the movie Titanic? Grab a chair!” says Dr. May.

Folks in the healthcare industry have several concerns when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. For starters, they believe the rapid growth of those on Medicaid will exceed available doctors.

“And those plans already suffer from lack of doctors anyway, so I think it’s going to exacerbate those shortages.”

Medicaid doesn’t reimburse doctors enough to break even in a business sense, so they already limit the number of Medicaid patients.

“And what that ultimately does is it leads to delay of care and may even increase the cost of healthcare because their condition may worsen by the time they get in to see a doctor,” says Dr. Clayton Lane with the Alabama Orthopedic Clinic.

Not only are doctors losing money, but so are patients.

“What people may not realize is that the first $2-4,000 of any care given by an orthopedic specialist comes out of their pocket,” says Lane.

Another side effect—fewer people choosing the healthcare industry as a career, meaning a doctor in the future may not be the best and the brightest.

“Ultimately you’re going to see a decrease in the quality of people that are going to medical school.”

In this case, time may not heal all wounds.

“And I think it’s going to take us a long time to change healthcare and get to where it’s really beneficial to everyone,” says May.

And May believes everything will shake out eventually but in the meantime, he says Americans need to wean themselves off of healthcare dependency by taking better care of themselves.

“Whatever you can do to take care of yourself will mitigate having to go through all these high expensive things which you may not be able to afford.”

You’re also going to see fewer doctors going into private practice and instead going to work for hospitals and working more 9-5 shifts. Which means if you get sick or hurt after 5, then you’re seen by the emergency room which will cost more and you’ll have a much longer wait time.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Job Fair in Mobile May 1

    Job Fair in Mobile May 1

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:59:14 GMT
    There will be approximately 100 businesses and organizations at the event to discuss job opportunities and receive resumes.
    There will be approximately 100 businesses and organizations at the event to discuss job opportunities and receive resumes.
  • The Manatees Have Returned!

    The Manatees Have Returned!

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:20:20 GMT
    The Dauphin Island Sea Lab'sManatee Sighting Network is asking the public to be on the lookout for manatees.Researchers say several have already been sighted In Dog River, Mobile Bay, Gulf Shores and Destin.Since 2007, the Sighting Network has documented more than 1,500 manatee sightings from the Florida panhandle to the Mississippi coast.They're asking for the public's help to continue their research.The following is some tips on how to safely monitor manatees provided by the Dauphin Island ...
    The Dauphin Island Sea Lab'sManatee Sighting Network is asking the public to be on the lookout for manatees.Researchers say several have already been sighted In Dog River, Mobile Bay, Gulf Shores and Destin.Since 2007, the Sighting Network has documented more than 1,500 manatee sightings from the Florida panhandle to the Mississippi coast.They're asking for the public's help to continue their research.The following is some tips on how to safely monitor manatees provided by the Dauphin Island ...
  • Murder Suspect Found Reading The Bible

    Murder Suspect Found Reading The Bible

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:41:01 GMT
    Prosecutors in Mobile County say a man accused of killing his mother was reading the Bible when officers arrived at the crime scene.
    Prosecutors in Mobile County say a man accused of killing his mother was reading the Bible when officers arrived at the crime scene.
Powered by WorldNow

555 Broadcast Dr,
Mobile AL 36606

Telephone: 251.479.5555
Fax: 251.473.8130
Email: news5@wkrg.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.