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California lacks doctors to meet demand of national healthcare law

California lacks doctors to meet demand of national healthcare law

Lawmakers are working on proposals that would enable physician assistants, nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists to diagnose, treat and manage some illnesses.

By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
February 9, 2013, 6:03 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — As the state moves to expand healthcare coverage to millions of Californians under President Obama's healthcare law, it faces a major obstacle: There aren't enough doctors to treat a crush of newly insured patients.

Some lawmakers want to fill the gap by redefining who can provide healthcare.

They are working on proposals that would allow physician assistants to treat more patients and nurse practitioners to set up independent practices. Pharmacists and optometrists could act as primary care providers, diagnosing and managing some chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and high-blood pressure.

"We're going to be mandating that every single person in this state have insurance," said state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), chairman of the Senate Health Committee and leader of the effort to expand professional boundaries. "What good is it if they are going to have a health insurance card but no access to doctors?"


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Free Healthcare law draws huge crowd!

Whilst trained professional medical doctors leave to pursue happiness elsewhere, others will be brought in to volunteer.

See: Mao Free Health Care, China.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Now that in less

than a year I will be forced to buy insurance because I exist, I will be getting full coverage, and I will make doctor appointments and every week and visit the ER once a month. This is how we fight this unconstitutional BS law. Flood the system and destroy it. Health care is a monopoly with no competition in it. Consumers have no say in the price of this SERVICE. Calling all patriots.

Forcing vs. Free Market


All these years midwives and others have wanted to be free to practice, and now they may get their chances, but using force is just crazy.

They should have relaxed the standards before now, if it's such a good idea (it is).

California is beautiful, and has good weather. Why not advertise for doctors in Minnisota? The almond trees and mustard has been blooming, here, for days! How hard can it be to get doctors to want to come here?

The whole centralized micro-management of the process is crazy-making, as if they think government is the solution--when it's obvious the problem would solve itself if government just got out of the way.

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Healthcare is on life support.

On 1-1-14, 30 million more people will gain access to healthcare. That will swamp the entire system, IMO because there have been no preparations to accommodate these millions. Enter the NWO and decreased care, and people will start dying faster. There will not be a lack of physicians for long. The surplus population will be reduced in no time. That is the plan; swamp the system and watch people die sooner than their time.