August 07, 2009
Spending on health care this year is projected to reach $2.5 trillion, or 17.6 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of Medicare and Medicaid data. That's up from 7.2 percent in 1970, and by 2018 it could swell to one-fifth of the GDP, which is a measure of all goods and services produced in the United States.
Meanwhile, a worsening shortage of primary-care providers and rising demand for certain specialists will continue to strain the system, perhaps creating long waits for appointments.
The existing health-care delivery system cannot seamlessly respond to a surge in demand for services, said Jeffrey Bauer, a medical economist.
This is "one of the Achilles heels of reform," said Bauer, management consulting partner at Affiliated Computer Services Inc. and leader of the health futures practice at ACS Healthcare Solutions in Chicago.
"People are already strapped to get a doctor," Bauer said. "As more people have insurance, they will try to get appointments with more doctors, and that will lead to dramatic increases in the time it takes to get an appointment."
Depending on the coverage people have, where they live and whether they have an existing relationship with a physician, some Americans could encounter long delays in getting in to see a doctor.
Gee. Color me shocked that Obamacare will only fuck things up the ass with a cactus even more. And expect British style rationing stories such as this to pop up, provided the MSM did its job.
The surgery was first scheduled for April 2, but was postponed because of last-minute emergency cases coming in.
It was re-arranged for four days later but again the operation was cancelled for the same reason.
A third date was organised for April 20 and last Thursday she went to the children's hospital for pre-operative tests.
But on Saturday morning her parents received another call from the hospital, explaining her operation would have to be cancelled yet again.
Michele Narey, manager of the Women's and Children's division at the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, said: 'The decision to cancel any patient for any procedure is taken extremely seriously but is sometimes unavoidable because of the need to effectively manage emergency patients requiring beds on a day-to-day basis.
'We know that cancelling procedures can cause additional stress for patients so we will always seek to avoid this wherever possible.
'We are continually reviewing our procedures to improve the management of emergency patients through our hospitals to avoid cancellations.
'We cannot discuss individual cases because of our duty of confidentiality to patients and their families.
While I do not wish ill on a child, I hope that one of those SEIU thugs who go around beating up people to advance Obamacare have to endure the rationing hell that will come down the pike.
Thanks to Sockless Joe for the tips
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