The Looming Doctor Shortage — And How To Fix It
By TN Senator Mark Green, M.D., The Dally Caller, May 12, 2014 - A few years ago, several publicly traded HMOs began restricting doctors to an average seven-minute "encounter" with each patient. Seven-minute health care might be cost efficient, but it is a terrible way to practice medicine - and a new study by Northwestern University's Kellogg School indicates that unless we act quickly, an existing doctor shortage and the Affordable Care Act are about to shorten the time doctors spend with patients even further.
Northwestern's Kellogg School examined how the State Children's Health Insurance Program, SCHIP, affected doctor-patient interactions. While more physicians participated in the program, the study found that the average time each doctor spent with each patient was significantly reduced. What's more troubling, the study concludes that the same can be expected as a result of the Affordable Care Act. (read more)