Dear American Nurses Association,
In the last hour, I watched a segment on FoxNews network, in which you were represented by a nurse?, Ms Gonzales. She is a perfect example of why I have chosen to not be a member of the ANA. She is either disingenuous or ignorant of the facts. She stated there would not be a shortage of primary care physicians after the so-called health care bill is passed. She seems to think that the ARNPs can take up the slack for physicians who will retire early if this health care bill passes. I predict there will be a shortage of primary care physicians as well as specialists-none of whom went to school for 15-20 years post HS to be told how to do their jobs by a government bureaucrat. Their loyalty is to their patients and the Hippocratic oath-not the US government.
I spent 35 years as an ICU nurse. I live in Florida and we already have a shortage of primary care physicians in our state. Last October, our family doctor died. I had difficulty establishing my 84 year old dad with a new family practice doc, being told: We are not accepting any new medicare patients because with the upcoming medicare cuts, we cannot afford to take a loss on any more patients. The medicare cuts proposed by this bill will necessitate cuts in care. We have already seen the past 2 weeks that pharmacies like Walgreens in Washington state will no longer accept prescriptions from new medicaid patients due to losses incurred servicing those customers. What you see now is the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
Tell Ms Gonzales that those of us with some background in medicine do not want to be taken care of by nurse practitioners or the third world doctors who abound now. It has been my experience to work with doctors and nurses who left countries with socialized medicine and relocated in the US because they realized our health care system provided options for the most job satisfaction. It is also my experience that many patients in Canada carry private health insurance in the US and come down here for elective surgeries, as a recent government official in Canada did. I wonder, if socialized medicine does not result in rationing, inferior care, and long waiting lists, why these people have gravitated to the US???
From the perspective of my experience, this health care bill will do nothing to solve the problematic issues in health care today; it will do nothing to decrease the excessive paperwork demands on nurses; it will not decrease the nurse-patient ratios in ICU; IT WILL result in rationing of care for the elderly population who will be stunned when they are told by some obnoxious government bureaucrat that they are not eligible for a treatment or surgery due to their age or physical condition (which by the way, are pre-existing conditions); IT WILL cause competent physicians and nurses to leave their respective professions in droves. We will be left with the dregs of the professions who will prey on the ignorant masses who are too stupid to realize that they are relegated to health care by the same government which cannot run the post office efficiently.
It has already begun. Please note I am not even addressing cost or insurance, only health care delivery. “For the first time in my adult life, I am ashamed of America.”