Ladd McNamara, M.D discusses the future of medicine both as it relates to health, supplementation, and how health professionals are finding new ways to increase income in an ever evolving world!

Doctors Dissatisfied with Obamacare

Most doctors chose medicine for obvious reasons: to help people with their health, to become professionals, for the sense of accomplishment, and to earn a significant income.  Doctors invest a significant amount of money and time to first receive a medical degree and then to specialize in their field of expertise.   After 12 to 16 years of education, a typcial doctor today may start his or her practice already tens of thousands of dollars, if not several hundred thousand dollars, in debt!   It is not unreasonable to expect a significant income to make up for the investement, let alone for their developed expertice and skill.

Since the passage of Obamacare, 60% of doctors polled are saying that they would have chosen a different career had they to do it over again, and many are currently considering alternative or additional sources of income.    However, after years of education and financial investment it is difficult for doctors just to “uproot” and do something different.   Senior doctors are retiring early, and younger doctors are looking for ways to bring in additional revenue.   This is a slow, progressive medical disaster metastasizing through the U.S. as doctors reject governmental control.

The dissastisfaction arises from not being adequately compensated for their workload.  The longer the work hours, the greater the lack of sleep, the more money the doctors expect to make.   The growing lack of autonomy or lack control of the best way to treat patients adds insult to injury.   Many doctors are not willing to accept the current, let alone the coming governmenatl changes in health care (“Obamacare”).

There are options for doctors that do not include quitting  medicine.  Many doctors are adding products and services within their practice.  A growing trend in medicine is for doctors to capitalize on the desire for patients to look and feel younger.   In addition to treatments and procedures doctors are offering weight management programs and nutritional supplements to help prevent, and even treat many chronic diseases.   This is a win-win, as doctors can increase their income and the patients can benefit from safe and effective products.

If patients expect to have content and competent doctors over the next 20 years or more, doctors who are satisfied with their workload, doctors who don’t have to rush patients through like cattle, then they should support doctors’ most important need: to be free to make choices that are in the best interest of both the patient and their practice.

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