Here’s the looming problem nobody is talking about: over the next 10 years, about a third of our doctors are slated to retire, and there aren’t nearly enough docs coming up through the ranks to replace them.
It’s the same situation, or maybe a little bit worse, with nurses. If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until the shortage of healthcare professionals reaches that level of crisis. This comes at a time when a booming number of Americans are managing chronic disease, and need continued access to healthcare on a regular basis. Obamacare, bureaucracy, paperwork, and a broken “sick care” model of healthcare delivery is making that problem even worse. We have to turn that around, and we’re running out of time.
What Are Your Solutions?
We desperately need to attract more people to healthcare professions. One important step is to let these people do their jobs without burying them in paperwork! (We should do that with teachers too, but that’s the answer to another question!) The insanely demanding schedules of healthcare workers need an overhaul too. Let’s face it: nobody is at their best at the end of a 24-hour shift! And no doctor or nurse can be expected to make a meaningful change in a patient’s health if they’re forced to see 40 patients per day.
That Sounds Like Making Healthcare More Expensive.
Initially, perhaps it might. Yes, doctors and nurses need to be able to spend more time with their patients. And absolutely they need more rational schedules, and to be relieved of paperwork and bureaucratic burdens we’ve buried them under. But all of this will lead to healthier patients. Truly the only effective way to lower the total cost of healthcare in America is to have less illness. On our present course lies insolvency.
Speaking of Insolvency, Isn’t America Heading There Anyway?
Like a freight train! I didn’t like deficit spending in the 70s, or the 80s, or the 90s, or the 00s or the 10s or now! Our debt has passed $23 trillion and passes new trillion-dollar milestones every year. Both parties have utterly failed.