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Unforeseen Consequences

Counter-CutThe Headline read: Hospitals are expected to cut some 93,000 jobs in 2013 in anticipation of ObamaCare.

Though the mainstream media hasn’t addressed the issue, I readily found numerous other examples of hospitals planning to cut staff:

In spite of continued high unemployment, we are laying off workers due to ObamaCare. Our population is aging and in need of expanded medical capacity; nevertheless we are laying off the very people who could provide that care.

Does this make any sense? No, but it gets worse because health care is not immune to the laws of economics.
Every service provider must balance the following parameters to survive:

  • Cost
  • Quantity
  • Quality
  • Schedule
  • Overhead

Any reduction in cost must reduce quantity served, or degrade the quality and schedule of service being provided if overhead is fixed (barring the introduction of paradigm shifting technology).

Since 60% of health care costs are labor related, new technology will not help.
As for overhead, ObamaCare created a whole new layer of bureaucracy and overhead, so that’s going to grow and further degrade quality and schedule.
As for quantity, ObamaCare greatly expands the population to be funded by the government, stressing the system even more.
Therefore every one of us will unquestionably experience degradation of health care quality and longer wait times for treatment.

 Health Care Finance News confirms this conclusion, stating that hospitals simply will be sending more people to outpatient services in order to cut hospital costs. Be prepared for many more “Go home and take an aspirin” treatments from hospitals – no matter how sick you may be.

Please, don’t get sick because
All is not as it looks!

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