Lamm said the Affordable Care Act could mean an explosion of demand for doctors and services, but will the system be able to handle it?
“I think the concern would be that the system will be overwhelmed, that there will be a greater demand that we can meet in a quality fashion and that we will have to delay services for a lot of individuals,” Lamm said.
Right now, there is already a shortage of 20,000 doctors nationwide, and with healthcare expansion, plus increasing population, there will be a need for about 52,000 primary care doctors by 2025.
This while only 20 percent of new doctors become primary care physicians and the new landscape has older doctors bailing, Brennan reported.
“Doctors are planning to retire. Anybody who is anywhere near retirement age is talking about retirement. … There’s just too much going on,” said Dr. Sam Unterricht of the New York State Medical Society.
As surely as night follows day, government centralization leads to shortages.
But at least the prices will be higher.