Top Doc: Say Bye to Your Family Doctor When Obamacare Hits

Monday, 18 Mar 2013 06:27 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Americans may no longer have access to their family doctors because of Obamacare, according to Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

“By next year more than 50 percent of all physicians in the country … will be working either for a hospital or a hospital and health network as a salaried employee,’’ Gottlieb told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’

“So the idea of the local doctor owning their practice and practicing locally — that’s going away.’’

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That’s because incentives in the Affordable Care Act will pay physicians to practice as employees rather than to own their own businesses, Gottlieb explained.

“This is going to have some negative ramifications for our patients,’’ he said.

“They’re going to get more of their care from hospital-owned clinics that aren’t going to have the look and feel of the local doctors’ office.’’

Just as alarming, he added, is that doctors “basically are just working shifts and accountability to the patient could be lost as they get handed off from shift to shift to shift.’’

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is About to Strike Are You Prepared?

Gottlieb — who also served at the Food and Drug Administration as Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs — said the concept of Obamacare has already been tested — and has a record of failure.

“We’ve tried this before in the 1990s and it didn’t work when we tried to give hospitals incentives to buy out doctor practices, run these integrated living systems. A few hospitals survived and thrived but most of them didn’t. Most of them failed,’’ he said.

“There’s this na├»ve notion that if you can just consolidate doctors around a hospital and it’s going to lead to improve in care and better coordination of care. But that’s not what’s happening.’’

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