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UNEXPECTED! Florida doesn’t have enough doctors for Medicaid expansion

Home - by - February 24, 2013 - 21:00 America/New_York - 13 Comments

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 Gov. Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE Brace yourself for longer lines at the doctor’s office.

Whether you’re employed and insured, elderly and on Medicare, or poor and covered by Medicaid, the Florida Medical Association says there’s a growing shortage of doctors — especially specialists — available to provide you with medical care.

And if the Florida Legislature goes along with Gov. Rick Scott’s recommendation to offer Medicaid coverage to an additional 1 million Floridians — part of the Affordable Care Act that takes effect next January — the FMA says that shortage will only get worse.

“Florida needs more doctors and it needs more nurses, and it needs them working together in teams,” said Rebecca O’Hara, a lobbyist for the FMA.

About 15 million Floridians have health insurance today, and Obamacare, which requires most adults to have coverage by January, could add as many as 2.5 million more. One million would come through a potential expansion of the federal-state Medicaid program that Scott announced this week he was backing. The others would be the result of new mandates requiring employers and individuals to have insurance or be fined.

Currently, the state has 44,804 doctors, but about 5,600 of them are expected to retire in the next five years. And even though Florida has opened three new medical schools in the past dozen years, the state isn’t producing as many doctors as it needs. Scott’s budget this year has $80 million to fund programs to train 700 new residents a year, in hopes they’ll remain in the state.

Of all patients, people covered by Medicaid may have the hardest time finding a doctor; only 59 percent of the state’s physicians are taking new Medicaid patients, according to a Kaiser Health News study.

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» 13 Comments

  1. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 24th, 2013

    Imagine that?
    People have been warning about this haven’t they?
    let’s see… Who was warning about this…
    Was it the LSM?
    Ohhh no wait! It was EVERYONE ELSE EXCEPT THE LSM.

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  2. Unruly Refugee

    February 24th, 2013

    The eyes are a dead giveaway. When is the last time you Floridians had your governor drug tested?

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  3. AvgDude

    February 24th, 2013

    There are far too many people in this country who think that if you don’t want something bad to happen, then you should just make a law against it. It doesn’t work that way. A legislature cannot pass a law to change economics. It cannot pass a law to change physics. It cannot pass a law to make people happy and satisfied. Anyone who believes such things truly deserves a hard slap across the face and a complete revocation of their voting rights. I am sick and tired of having jackasses with the minds of children running my country into the fucking ground.

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  4. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 24th, 2013

    Since when did Ed Harris become governor of FL?

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  5. sablegsd

    February 24th, 2013

    He has mass shooter eyes.

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  6. Ohio Dan

    February 24th, 2013

    Just like the TSA, once the doctors all work for obama care guess who wil be in eve shorter supply during every budget crisis.

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  7. Maryd

    February 25th, 2013

    Florida already has a doctor shortage because its medical malpractice insurance is so high there.

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  8. Czar of Defenestration

    February 25th, 2013

    This guy’s no Reagan, but
    I’m just glad Jeb Bush is gone.
    “Citizen’s Home Insurance”?!? Sheesh.

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  9. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 25th, 2013

    It’s getting more and more difficult for M.D.s to make any money in Florida, where it’s getting easier and easier for lawyers.

    Insult to injury.

    And I’ll put Bug Eyes up against Brillo Face Cuomo any day.

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  10. Billy Fuster

    February 25th, 2013

    Hey, they can always hire convicts.

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  11. Maudie N Mandeville

    February 25th, 2013

    Next, Governor Scott will be advertising in ‘Jihad Today’ with financial assistance to attract aspiring med students from Pakistan and other muslim countries to fill the shortage.

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  12. Cruisin Cat

    February 25th, 2013

    Next step is for med personnel to be performing procedures for which they are totally unqualified.
    So, how long do you think before they have Orthopedic Techs doing spinal surgery?
    Dermatologists for neurology?
    And what do you want to bet that somewhere in the volumes of the ACA is a clause where you can’t sue for malpractice?

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  13. Mz BallBreaker

    February 26th, 2013

    If they made Prescriptions where there would be a procedure to order them without scripts via mail, half the need for MDs would be gone. Writing prescriptions is their bread and bones.

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