Obama Administration is getting tougher for the doctors !

Asghar Khan By Asghar Khan, 27th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/22ds60h./
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The Obama administration is getting tougher on the health matters. For this purpose, they have created some " mystery Shoppers"!

A new way to access to the doctors by " mystery shoppers"!

June,26,2011 !
The Obama administration has planned to access the doctors through "mystery shoppers" who would disguise themselves as "patients"! This step is taken after the complaints of the Primary Care doctors shortage. The "mystery shoppers" would call the doctors, make an appointment and figure it out how difficult it is for a common man to get care while they are in dire need of it.

The administration has said that the survey would mainly address the " critical public policy problem" which is the on-going shortage of "primary care doctors", including specialists in internal medicine and family practice. This would also help to unveil if the doctors accept those with the private health insurance as they have been turning government health programs away because it pays minimum.

The mystery shoppers would call the doctors and inquire if they accept the new patients and if they do, for how long they have to wait for it. The government is keen to know if the doctors would accept them with public insurance , as Medicaid, or the private insurance as the " Blue Cross" and "Blue Shield".

Dr. George J. Petruncio, a family doctor in Turnersville, N.J., has told: “This is not a way to build trust in government. Why should I trust someone who does not correctly identify himself?” Dr. Stephen C. Albrecht, a family doctor in Olympia, Wash., also expressed his concerns and said: “If federal officials are worried about access to care, they could help us. They don’t have to spy on us.”

I think this step has been taken after the continuous complaints from the patients who have shown their concern over the attitude of doctors where they were not accepted due to different reasons. A few days ago, the Massachusetts Medical Society has conducted a survey in which it was shown that 53% of family physicians and 51% of the internal medicine physicians refused to accept the new patients. This is shocking to mention here that even those who got the appointments, had to wait longer; so long that it would take 36 to 48 days for a patient to wait for the turn.

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author avatar Prasul Surendran
28th Jun 2011 (#)

The attitude is sometimes very bad in our country too, so can't really blame the administration to take such steps

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author avatar Asghar Khan
28th Jun 2011 (#)

Of course, Prasul. Our countries, Pakistan and India are somewhat worser and our government should concentrate on these issues instead of pulling each other's legs. Thanks for the comment, my friend !

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author avatar Denise O
28th Jun 2011 (#)

I think the whole darn HC is a flippin scam. It has set up obstacles for a lot of us that have to rely on doctors more so than most. They say it is cheaper when in fact, it has upped my cost. When the government starts hording in on the private sector, it is always bad and yes, being a doctor (other than military) is still private practice. No one thinks this will bother them until, the government infringes on them, then it is too late. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Buzz
28th Jun 2011 (#)

I'll be on a neutral corner, my friend, as a bystander. Thanks for the article. Great share.

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author avatar Asghar Khan
28th Jun 2011 (#)

I agree with you, Denise. It is unfortunate for almost every common man wherever in the world he/she lives ! Thanks for the like !

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author avatar Asghar Khan
28th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you Buzz,my friend. I respect that and appreciate for your comments which you made out of a precious time !

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author avatar Denise O
28th Jun 2011 (#)

Asghar, thank you for taking my debating, as just that. I am glad you're following me and as you know I am following you. I have been on here, a year come next month. I hope this is a start of a good friendship.:)

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author avatar S. Ali
29th Jun 2011 (#)

good one

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
28th Aug 2013 (#)

Well said

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