U.S. primary care near collapse, physicians warn
January 31, 2006
The American College of Physicians, according to a Reuters report on January 30, 2006, is warning that the primary care health system is on the verge of collapse.
Hello! I've known this was coming for 20 years and it will get worse before it gets better.
Want to know why?
You will hear all kinds of gobbeldy gook over the next few years, but the bottom line is that PCPs don't make enough money for all the work. It is as simple as that.
Managed Care companies reimburse for procedures not patient care. Primary Care Physicians, Pediatricians, etc. don't get paid for talking with patients, assessing medical conditions, and planning and organizing care. They get paid for giving shots, setting bones, and other mechanical tasks. On top of this, the overhead in a PCPs office is horrendous with all the cockamamie paperwork, billing, etc.
A PCP can make $125,000.00 per year if he or she is lucky. An Anesthesiologist can make $400,000 no sweat. Both have equivalent training, and the anesthesiologist has much less overhead and call.
Young physicians head for the specialties because that's where the money is not primary care.
If you want to know why the American Health System is so screwed up follow the money.
The question is not, did Dr. Johnson do a good job taking care of his patient. Rather, it's how's the stock doing?
Once creative answer is Simple Care.
Link: MedlinePlus: U.S. primary care near collapse, physicians warn.