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Obamacare: Death to Physicians? Suicide Rates Climb Since ACA Passed – Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D

Chaos and disruptions in medical care have had one tragic and destructive effect that no one is addressing: the deaths of more than 2,000 physicians by suicide since Obamacare was passedby means of strong-arming and bribery.

 

Physicians in general have a higher rate of suicide than other professional groups and the general public. Women physicians’ suicide rates are reported to be up to 400% higher than women in other professions. Male physicians’ rates are 50% to 70% higher.

 

Why are more physicians seeing suicide as their only option? The rising rate since the 2010 Affordable Care Act was passed points to the added regulatory and financial pressures from Obamacare as major factors:

  • need to see more patients per hour to make ends meet
  • lower payments, longer delays in being paid, and declining patient visits due to higher co-pays and deductibles
  • financial stress, a known trigger for suicide, intensified by a 40 % to 50% decline in practice revenues as overhead costs go, forcing many primary-care physicians to close up their practices
  • increasing administrative and paperwork burden, which takes time away from patient care, without the satisfactions of helping patients
  • more generalized “one-size-fits-all” protocols demanded by insurance and government “guidelines”

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