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    Doctors Fleeing New Jersey, Obamacare Could Make it Worse

    New Jersey, perhaps mostly famous these days for the shall we say colorful "Jersey Shore" show on MTV, doesn't just export bad looks, poor morals and a stench of bad cologne. Now they're exporting doctors... In droves.

    Many communities in America are or are about to face a shortage of doctors, and it looks like New Jersey will be no exception. Of the medical students it trains, the Garden State only keeps 34% of them within their borders after their schooling is complete. That's well below the national retention rate average of 48%.

    Why are docs leaving New Jersey?

    A survey of doctors found that New Jersey's cost of living and taxes are way too high for them to practice in the state. They also cite the high price of homes and the low salaries they face if they stay in New Jersey post-graduation.

    A resident physician finishing his education in New Jersey faces $200,000 in student loans, said James Sherer, a New Jersey Medical School second-year student, who spoke from experience.

    Meanwhile, a primary-care physician can expect to earn an average $125,000 a year upon graduation, said Deborah S. Briggs, president and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals and the Council of Children’s Hospitals.

    Another key factor is the high cost of malpractice insurance. According to My9NJ, New Jersey has the third-highest malpractice insurance rates in the nation, a burden that has also driven doctors out of other costal states, like California. It's a factor that is driving many docs to move to Texas, where real medical malpractice reform has led to a friendlier business climate for physicians.

    All of these problems could get worse under Obamacare. With the implementation of a health care system that is more socialized, doctors could feel an serious income hit in particular. That would continue to hurt docs in high tax-high cost of living states.

    Unless New Jersey can make their state more welcoming to physicians, its residents could be without access to important health care practitioners.

    By 2020, New Jersey could be short by some 3,000 physicians, most of them in specialties that care for women and children, according to the Council of Teaching Hospitals…

    Studies indicate that by 2020, New Jersey will be in the middle of a severe physicians’ shortage made more dire by the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

    When that legislation is enacted, some 25 million additional people will be covered by insurance and seeking physicians.

    Steve Littleson, president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center, laid the blame squarely at the feet of the President's signature legislative achievement. He said that Obamacare "will cause a severe shortage of physicians" in New Jersey.

    But wait, I thought Obamacare was supposed to provide better healthcare to everyone? Unicorns and rainbows. Unicorns and rainbows.

    1 comments
    neemar's picture
    Marc Turner
    09/27/2013

    IT is NOT too late... CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES
    TELL THEM TO VOTE TO DEFUND OBAMACARE ... THIS IS A MUST DO....
    Even legendary investor Warren Buffett, a one-time Obamacare supporter, says he would scrap the healthcare bill and start over.
    "What we have now is untenable over time," said Buffett. "That kind of a cost compared to the rest of the world is really like a tapeworm eating at our economic body."

    One of the main architects of the bill, Democratic Senator Max Baucus from Montana said Obamacare is heading for a "train wreck."

    They say you will be able to buy a "new" health Insurance plan for less... but they don't tell you THAT WILL COME WITH A MASSIVE DEDUCTIBLE OF $1,000'S .

    "While even Obamacare detractors applaud the requirement that insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions and put a stop to lifetime caps on benefits, they say these laudable benefits don't compensate for the bills high cost - especially in NEW TAXES

    According to most experts, Obamacare will create no fewer than TWENTY new taxes or tax hikes on the American people.

    In fact, the Obama administration has already given the IRS an extra $500 million to enforce the rules and regulations of Obamacare."

    CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES TODAY AND LET THEM KNOW HOW YOU FEEL...
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