American physicians are outraged because the country’s health care system is in a “state of an emergency and bleeding profusely,” according to doctors responding to the “politically driven government takeover of our healthcare, passed by overt bribery and coercion.”
“The crisis is now,” said one Corpus Christi, Texas doctor who contacted the Examiner Monday in response to an April 8, 2015 article, “Almost 2,000 doctors have committed suicide since Obamacare signed into law.”
“This is not a pretend crisis, or a theoretical or projected crisis,” the physician said. “It has already began and our patients are feeling it. This should be the top story on every news channel and newspaper in America. Instead, we see pictures of make believe doctors pretending to like Obamacare, or people holding posters for better health. Well, that is not happening in reality, just like the promises of saving $2500 or you can keep your doctor. It’s not real, but the crisis is real.”
The federal government has used “half-truths and misleading statements disparaging physicians and our American health care system,” says San Antonio, Texas physician Dr. Kristin Story Held, and “now that we have seen what is in the law, we know it is not the right solution.”
“What the government and mainstream media are not addressing is how the Obama administration is perpetuating the problem,” the Corpus Christi doctor, who asked that his name not be provided, stated. “We keep hearing that the population is getting older, and that’s true, but the country is getting very crowded very fast and that is placing a burden on healthcare that we are unable to deal with properly.”
Immigration laws, and the neglect of illegal immigration laws, preserve an expanding and continuing increase that is so out of hand, the population of the US is now growing by at least 25 million people per decade. More than 10,000 legal Americans turn 65 each day. Some projections project the president’s plan for Obamacare is to extend health insurance coverage to 33 million more people.
A call by medical leaders, including the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), to increase the number of graduating physicians and add more accredited medical schools is not even putting a dent in the problem. America is now forced to rely on recruiting foreign doctors and medical students from around the globe. Last year over 7,000 transferred from foreign medical schools into the U.S.
According to the AAMC, the shortage of doctors will up to 90,000 within the next five years. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services admits that there are more than 5,000 primary care health professional shortage areas, especially in rural communities, identified in the US.
Doctors say they can’t trust or rely on the traditional medical associations that have become corrupted or developed into government and bureaucratic pawns. One group, the United Physicians and Surgeons of America (UPSA) have founded the movement “Let My Doctor Practice” to “restore the voice of the doctor to the practice of medicine.”
UPSA are uniting to “restore the practice of medicine to those who actually practice medicine” and has planned a major “Summit at the Summit Conference and Interactive Webcast–A National Grand Rounds on the State of American Medicine” on July 20-26, 2015 in Keystone, Colorado.
Physician members of UPSA say they “believe in the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship, the autonomy to practice medicine without restraint imposed by overreaching government and corporate entities, and, above all, that patient care and safety should never be compromised.”
A new study, released by Barton Associates, shows even more grim facts:
- 1 in 3 practicing physicians in the U.S. is over the age of 55 and close to retirement
- 6 in 10 physicians say it is likely many colleagues will retire in the next one to three years
- By age 65, almost two-thirds of senior citizens have at least one chronic disease
- 20 percent of Americans older than 65 see 14 or more physicians and average 40 physician visits each year
More shocking facts add to the alarm:
- Only 13 percent of the nation’s 400,000 licensed physicians are still members of the American Medical Association (AMA). AMA was long the advocate for the nation’s doctors and “abandoned the needs of the physician years ago and has its own agenda,” states Dr. John Tedeschi, a primary-family care doctor in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The AMA spends about $22 million a year since 2010 lobbying for Obamacare.
- Over 84% of doctors believe the medical profession is in decline. “Doctoring just isn’t the same,” say Dr. Tedeschi. “The practice of medicine, its costs and medical policies, are now dictated and controlled by groups that don’t know the first thing about medicine, nor the people it serves.”