Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Preview of Things to Come: Half of primary care physicians in Massachusetts are not accepting new patients

Democrats claim they modeled Obamacare on Romneycare in Massachusetts. We can expect this nationwide in a couple of years or less.

Via The Boston Globe:
KATHRYN QUIRK THOUGHT it would be easy to find a new doctor when she moved from Boston to Newton in 2009, just like it was when she arrived in Boston in 1996. Back then, she walked across the street to a doctor’s office and got an appointment.
It isn’t 1996 anymore. Quirk still hasn’t found a primary care doctor she feels comfortable with. Her quest sounds a lot like dating; in four years she’s had three doctors and has sometimes preferred to get care from physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners who work in those doctors’ offices. With three kids, a husband, and a job, Quirk doesn’t have endless time to look. She’s frustrated that it took her four months to find her first doctor in Newton. When she didn’t connect with that physician, she was able to switch to one she liked. But his practice stopped taking her insurance, and Quirk has needed a good chunk of this year to land a replacement doctor. She felt relief in September when she found one who was accepting new patients, but that was only the first hurdle. She won’t find out whether she likes this new doctor for a while; she couldn’t get an appointment until April 2014.


Bette Noir said...

What you forgot to mention is that, per the article you clipped, the shortage of primary care physicians has NOTHING to do with Romneycare or Obamacare.

There are fewer medical students and the ones there are are greedy and go into specialties.

Are you just sort of dumb, a sloppy reader or purposely misleading people?

Interested Bystander said...


I read the article, and I didn't read how the shortage WASN'T because of MassHealth or the ACA (calling them their "play" names shows your ignorance).

The article does state this however:

"THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA) should not have a major impact on Massachusetts, since the state went through its own push to universal access in 2006."

But what about the REST of the Country?

And the article states "should not have a major impact" not that it has "nothing to do with..."

Seems to me a certain someone shouldn't be trying to dis the host of this wonderful site, when THEY are "purposely misleading people".