In the meantime, thousands of unmatched doctors are dealing individually with an unimaginable “betrayal” and all that it encompasses (school loans, no career path, and despondency). They “did” what we told them to do, and we “broke the contract”. Ultimately, “we” will pay the price for this travesty. Right when the baby boomers tap into healthcare the most, there will be a doctor shortage. Forget about “preventative care”. We will be lucky to get “reactive care” for our healthcare challenges.
When the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 reduced the reimbursement for residencies, yet increased the number of medical schools, the resulting impact has been devastating. “We” knew this Act was not perfect at the outset, and changes would have to be made. Little did we know the “individual” repercussions that would ensue.
These unmatched doctors have worked so hard, for so many years, and at such great expense, not to be able to complete the final step in their training. The “right hand” of Congress definitely did not know what the “left hand” was doing. We have got to make this RIGHT!
Only your voices and those of your contacts can effect the “tsunami” needed to bring this solution to the forefront. Please write, tweet, share, and “demand” a solution now!