Doctor shortage troubling

Doctor shortage troubling

There are 19 comments on the GoErie.com story from Feb 9, 2009, titled Doctor shortage troubling. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

Will there be a doctor in the house? That's a question we all might be asking, in light of a new report from the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania.

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Pa Comes up Short

Waterford, PA

#1 Feb 10, 2009
The doctor shortage in Pennsylvania has to do with the fact that compared to other states, PA offers little incentive for medical students to attend medical school here or stay here once they complete medical school. Your estimate that medical students will owe $100,000 is a pitifully low estimate. It is more like $250,000-$350,000 which makes careers such as family practice, pediatrics, and obstetrics poor options. Those doctors simply do not make the kind of money that the specialists make as your article points out.

In essence, the medical schools in Pennsylvania train doctors for other states and countries rather than doing anything to incent candidates to stay in this state. There are a lot of medical schools here. Why doesn't the legislature do something about that? In addition, real on contrived, there is the opinion of medical students that this state is not friendly to doctors with regard to medical malpractice. That is another issue that the legislature could tackle after researching and studying what other states do. If you want doctors to stay here, you have to make it worth their while...or they won't. Why should they have to work in a state that does not address their needs when they can go to a neighboring state who does. We need them more than they need us.
CRANK

Erie, PA

#2 Feb 10, 2009
Perhaps politically, we need to stop making doctors targets. This perceived idea of soaking the rich has consequences.
jose

United States

#3 Feb 10, 2009
doctor shortage... i have noticed that too.. we need taller doctors.
Justice

Pittsburgh, PA

#4 Feb 10, 2009
I dont beleive the legislators will do anything about the medical malpractice suits/insurance. Lawyers are typically democrats that give to the democrat politicians. PA legislators are probably mostly lawyers themselves, so they are not going to pass laws to limit work they may want to do once they get booted out of office. They all take care of their own.
CRANK

Erie, PA

#5 Feb 10, 2009
Justice wrote:
I dont beleive the legislators will do anything about the medical malpractice suits/insurance. Lawyers are typically democrats that give to the democrat politicians. PA legislators are probably mostly lawyers themselves, so they are not going to pass laws to limit work they may want to do once they get booted out of office. They all take care of their own.
Which is better? A good doctor or a lawyer?(I don't believe there are any good lawyers.)
MountainMan

Erie, PA

#6 Feb 10, 2009
I essentually agree with post #1...Penna. is one of the FEW states that does NOT give state residents preference in med school admissions, even though they are financed in large part through Penna. taxes. It's a simple question...who is more likely to stay in Pa. after med school? A lifelong resident of the state or someone from Iowa or Texas? My nephew is in med school right now and he will graduate with OVER $300,000 in dept and another 6 years of residency for the interest meter to run. He thinks $400,000 will be about right.
JackieBlue

Erie, PA

#7 Feb 10, 2009
LECOM does a good job at educating doctors...it is the largest med school in the country. But it is also one of the most expensive...more than Pitt, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, etc. These kids will owe stupendous amounts when they finally are able to practice. And generally compare lawyers to doctors?? You've got to be kidding!!
MCR

Erie, PA

#8 Feb 10, 2009
It is tough being a doctor now adays. Having to only get $65 for 15 min. an office call. Living in 500K homes, vacation homes on the lake or the islands. Only able to take a 2 wk. vacation every 3 months. Driving Hummers, Tahoes or Escalades.
But I do understand they have a little help from PA (tax dollars) in paying for their malpractice ins. This is a good thing.
Ann Hedonia

Canton, OH

#9 Feb 10, 2009
People in this country need to stop relying on physicians so much and take our health into our own hands. My mother's generation thinks that a doctor's word is the word of God. They are great for emergencies and acute conditions but for everything else you are better off "doctoring yourself"! Our good health is not the responsibility of a physician. I have not taken any prescription drugs, including antibiotics in years. The shortage does not matter for those of us who believe our health is our own responsibility and that bad health does NOT just happen to us randomly.
CRANK

Erie, PA

#10 Feb 10, 2009
MCR wrote:
It is tough being a doctor now adays. Having to only get $65 for 15 min. an office call. Living in 500K homes, vacation homes on the lake or the islands. Only able to take a 2 wk. vacation every 3 months. Driving Hummers, Tahoes or Escalades.
But I do understand they have a little help from PA (tax dollars) in paying for their malpractice ins. This is a good thing.
And now you know the rest of the story. Envy will not solve the problem.
MCR

Jackson Center, PA

#11 Feb 10, 2009
Maybe not but it helps me get it off my chest.
CRANK wrote:
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And now you know the rest of the story. Envy will not solve the problem.
Smitty

Pittsburgh, PA

#12 Feb 10, 2009
If you think too many people are using doctors now, just wait until they nationalize healthcare and people think it is free Ann. Every hypochondriac (sorry if I spelled that wrong) who has a cough or tickle in his throat will run to the doctor. The doctors will be so overwhelmed that if you cut your hand off chopping wood you will still have to wait 6 months to get to see the doctor.
Chandu

Northfield, OH

#13 Feb 10, 2009
The 'doctor shortage' like the 'mathematician shortage' and other shortages of talent in the professions, has to do with the insane pay and bonus levels in the 'financial industry'.

Why would a brainy kid take on the level of debt and bureaucratic paper shuffling required of today's physicians when he/she could go to Wall St and pull down millions in bonuses on top of a $300,000+ salary?
Sally Johnson

Washington, DC

#14 Feb 10, 2009
Thanks to Personal Injury Governor (abbreviate that) Rendell, doctors have left the state in droves because of the personal injury lawyers who funded Rendell's campaigns. Rendell has again and again fought against reforms that would put an end to medical liability lawsuit abuse.
CRANK

Erie, PA

#15 Feb 11, 2009
Sally Johnson wrote:
Thanks to Personal Injury Governor (abbreviate that) Rendell, doctors have left the state in droves because of the personal injury lawyers who funded Rendell's campaigns. Rendell has again and again fought against reforms that would put an end to medical liability lawsuit abuse.
Finally someone who gets it.
HazyDavy

Erie, PA

#16 Feb 11, 2009
Sally Johnson wrote:
Thanks to Personal Injury Governor (abbreviate that) Rendell, doctors have left the state in droves because of the personal injury lawyers who funded Rendell's campaigns. Rendell has again and again fought against reforms that would put an end to medical liability lawsuit abuse.
I have read several well-researched articles over the past few years that state that increases in Pa. physician malpractice premiums track most accurately with those insurance company profit margins, year-to-year. In other words, when their overall (all types of ins.) profits dip, the premiums go up. As usual, there is lots more to this issue than what meets the eye.
mary p-

United States

#17 Feb 11, 2009
I wonder what this new health care system will do to the doctors. I'm sure they'll probably be paid less by the government. On the other hand, that may sway young people from wanting to become doctors...many, many unanswered questions about this garbage bill....
Soul Brother

United States

#18 May 6, 2009
Shortage? Shortage of doctors with ethics and brains maybe.
Soul Brother

United States

#19 May 6, 2009
Sally Johnson wrote:
Thanks to Personal Injury Governor (abbreviate that) Rendell, doctors have left the state in droves because of the personal injury lawyers who funded Rendell's campaigns. Rendell has again and again fought against reforms that would put an end to medical liability lawsuit abuse.
BS! I just got screwed out of a legit med mal case
by a Jew doctor who lied his ass off about my situation. These butchers need to be sued. I ain't no fan of Rendell but he is not the problem
when it comes to Pa's incompetent doctors.

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