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With the most recent round of ObamaCare enrollments about to begin, more Americans will soon be faced with the reality of a growing doctor shortage. The Wall Street Journal reports that, for the first time in two generations, the number of doctors per person is declining, a situation that will result in decreased access to health care and rising costs even beyond what we have already seen.
While the direct impact of ObamaCare has been widely discussed, what most people don’t realize is the ways in which our medical bureaucracy goes out of its way to discourage competition and limit the supply of doctors in the marketplace. While Google and Microsoft get slapped with high-profile lawsuits for alleged anticompetitive behavior, however, the medical industry’s affronts in this regard have gone largely unexamined.