Obama Administration Officials Plan Stealth Survey on Access to Doctors



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Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of “mystery shoppers” to pose as patients, call doctors’ offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it.

The administration says the survey will address a “critical public policy problem”: the increasing shortage of primary care doctors, including specialists in internal medicine and family practice. It will also try to discover whether doctors are accepting patients with private insurance while turning away those in government health programs that pay lower reimbursement rates.

Federal officials predict that more than 30 million Americans will gain coverage under the health care law passed last year. “These newly insured Americans will need to seek out new primary care physicians, further exacerbating the already growing problem of P.C.P. shortages in the United States,” the Department of Health and Human Services said in a description of the project that it submitted to the White House.

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  • Walt

    Both of my Doctors have told me that when this Obama care fully goes into effect that they will cease practicing medicine. One of my doctors has already sold his practice in preparation for this – the other one said he will just transfer his patients and close his door. Both said they would rather do something else than participate in Obama’s brand of medicine.

  • Jerome Borden

    Sounds like those trolls who check on handicap parking spaces. If your tire even touchs one of those white lines, you are out about $275 or more. If you complain, the accusation will be something like harassment or worse with an even bigger fine. These may be old numbers since that is what I remember from California back in 1999. On the housing front, there was a similar sting that involved a “minority” couple who would be followed by a “main stream” couple. The stakes were violations of the Fair Housing Act which could be costly. So, how is this “Health Access” survey going to work?

  • haroldson

    same old bs from the transparent obama regime, What a crock. I bet this guy lies in his sleep, when we if we do get him out of office, The white house will have to be fumigated to remove the stink of the corruption

  • http://www.thebeezbuzz.com pjki

    I heard they backed off on this. So isn’t this old news? I just got it from bighealthreports today. Hmmmm

  • Nancy

    Why do they even have to wonder why doctors will no longer accept Medicare/Medicaid patients? I know of too many doctors who do free work, but they can’t do all their work at a loss. If I was a doctor, I would not accept Medicare/Medicaid patients, then if I chose to do work for free to people who can’t pay, it’s my decision. Also keeps the government out of my practice.

    I understand why 30-40% of doctors are planning on quitting if Obamacare kicks in fully. I wouldn’t do it.

    • Horace

      Nancy, most people can pay for insurance but they instead choose to smoke, drink, party & spend their money unwisely, then they, like Obama, expect those who really work for a living to give them free benefits. It doesn’t work that way. No one in this world owes anyone anything. Obama, preaches a good sermon but he never adheres to his sermons. He is living so high above everyone else it’s easy for him to say or dictate who is to give what to whom. It sucks & it’s the worst form of help in the world. Only the people who literally cannot fend for themselves such as the retarded, mentally challenged, those in hospice, those who are too handicapped, or the elderly who can’t any longer work, should be the only ones receiving help. Instead I constantly see those in Section 8 housing, those having kids like having bees, welfare receipents, drug addicts, etc., getting all the help they ever need especially if they are black. Obama is not God nor is he an individual with all the control & power. He is an illegal person, a Muslim, a liar & no good ghetto trash living high on the people of America putting this country in the dirt. America is our country not Obama’s. He really thinks he is going to put all of the people in America in jail if he doesn’t get his way. This is just an example of how ignorant, arrogant & unintelligent he is. He is so into himself he can’t see anything else. It will never work having a health care system for the entire USA. It has never worked in any other country as that is NOT Capitalism, which is the reason America has always been the greatest. It is a FREE right under our Constitution for people to have & practice their own business they way they wish. You don’t hire anyone based on color or race!!!! You hire them based on their credibility & capability & experience to do the job. Only 5% of the people in the entire world are leaders & make their own way. The other 95% is lazy & looking for someone else to take care of them. What a shame & disgrace. Obama may think he can imprison all the doctors but they don’t have to be doctors if they don’t chose to anymore be a doctor. Obama is too simple minded to think properly. He thinks with his arrogance — I will force people to do it my way or put them in jail. What pitiful intellience. People in America will not be dictated as to what they will & won’t do. They will eventually revolt & it won’t be a pretty sight. I hope you never run for President because I think you might think like Obama.

  • Albert George Nygren

    Obama is acting like Hitler more and more every day. He’s checking access to doctors? Why check access to doctors unless he plans to order doctors to take patients even if they have no money or insurance. That puts doctors in the same category as slaves! That is what a slave is, isn’t it? Someone who is ordered to do work and is not paid for it. I am not a doctor but if Obama plans on doing this to them, what are Obama’s plans for us peons?

    I suspect that the reason he is doing this is because of the $500 Billion he took out of Medicare to pay for Obama Care! All of the $500 Billion out of Medicare will be taken from MD reimbursement. Doctors will now get only 1/2 of the fee from Medicare that they used to get. If many doctors won’t take Medicare patients now because of the minuscule fees they get, just imagine how few Doctors will accept Medicare patients after the change in funding.

    I’m sure that Obama is afraid of all the votes he would lose from us Senior Citizens when they find out what Obama did to us. We must get rid of Obama! He is not only ruining the country, it is frightening how many similarities there are between what Obama is doing now and what Hitler was doing before he announced himself dictator of Germany.

    • Walt

      Obama is no longer afraid of the Seniors vote. He has been courting and getting financing from the Muslim community. He plans on getting their vote instead of ours. The Muslims and the illegal aliens (courtesy of Acorn).

    • Helga

      As I wrote before THE BEAST is going to stay and he apointed him self to play God. I hope there are a few more Dr. out there that charge $ 50.00 a month for his care of Patient’s but even this is going to stop because The Beast is not going to allow it. I think he is a 100 fold worse then Hitler ever was.

  • Raymond

    In honor of the 44th President of the United States , Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream has introduced a new flavor: “Barocky Road ”

    Barocky Road is a blend of half vanilla, half chocolate, and surrounded by nuts and flakes. The vanilla portion of the mix is not openly advertised and usually denied as an ingredient. The nuts and flakes are all very bitter and hard to swallow.

    The cost is $82.84 per scoop….so out of a hundred dollar bill you are at least promised some CHANGE..!

    When purchased it will be presented to you in a large beautiful cone, but after you pay for it, the ice cream is taken away and given to the person in line behind you at no charge.

    You are left with an empty wallet, holding an empty cone with no hope of getting any ice cream.

    Don’t you feel stimulated?

  • Infidel

    We have legitimate agencies to do all of this!!! For the Village Idiot to get involved speaks very
    loudly of Community Agitator!!!

  • Infidel

    At every turn,we see the Bufoon trying to undermine Our Country! I do not see any action to stop the funding!!! Which stops the activity!!! Duh!!!

  • Julianne

    I will keep saying it, repeal or defund obamacare that will save us trillions
    of dollars

  • bill hthurocj

    He is far from being an idiot, be getting exactly what he wants.