“We all realize that changes had to be made but the depth and breadth of Obamacare is truly overpowering and in many instances burdensome,” Mark Tyler wrote in a guest column in Sunday’s Gazette. “It now seems that documentation and recording supersedes good care and excellent outcomes. But we must comply or there is no compensation forthcoming.
“We are asked to do more with less time to perform the tasks,” he continued. “Frustration is a common denominator what with the amount of documentation that has to be asked, answered and recorded. It is more expensive for the practitioner or the health system as more people are needed to help record, monitor and collate each encounter. Compensation now seems to be based on the process and not the outcome — a healthy and satisfied patient.
“Again, we all know and understand that reform was in the best interests of all of us, patient, doctor and payer. But did we need another, larger and intrusive federal bureaucracy?
“I submit that even with all its foibles and shortcomings that we already have a plan in place and we know it does work and it is called Medicaid,” he concludes. “Though it may take some time, I would have suggested that we “enfranchise” the next 8 percent to 10 percent of our population above the parameters that are now the rules for inclusion of Medicaid.”
Read the column linked above for more background. What do you think? Do you think Obamacare is the best solution to the medical needs facing the United States? Or would you favor another plan?