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Posted By: DW626, 5/22/2023 7:54:10 AM

A recent CNN headline — "We don't have enough doctors" — is quite accurate. The explanation given for the M.D. shortage is completely wrong. CNN notes the "health-care workforce shortage is 'more acute' in Black and brown communities." The black community represents 13 percent of the U.S. population, but only 5.7 percent of American physicians are black. The implication is clear: only black doctors should or can treat black patients or, at a minimum, will treat them properly. This is racist dogma. The vast majority of American doctors (and nurses) are blind to skin color, religion, ethnicity, and even criminal behavior.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Venturer 5/22/2023 8:18:00 AM (No. 1474930)
IMO the biggest problem with Doctors today is the fact that almost none of them are working for themselves any longer. They are mostly all salaried employees of some big conglomerate.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Troutgreen 5/22/2023 8:19:24 AM (No. 1474934)
More accurately, a shortage of good, qualified doctors. Admission to med school is now highly dependent on genitalia and skin pigmentation. The best and brightest are foregoing the headaches of getting in and then paying off a huge debt load when they get out. Go to law school or business school instead. Can't blame 'em. Sad thing is, they will graduate fully indoctrinated Marxists no matter what.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Bassman1911 5/22/2023 8:32:00 AM (No. 1474944)
Spot on #1. Early on I asked my doctor if she would prescribe Ivermectin for me If I got Covid. She said no. I asked why and she said her Medical Group wouldn’t allow it.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Krause 5/22/2023 8:34:39 AM (No. 1474949)
The fact that black doctors don't equal 13% of their population, is that worth looking into? Or will that just be white people's fault, or that of the police.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: nerdowell 5/22/2023 8:55:07 AM (No. 1474960)
"...To cure the physician shortage, return authority to physicians commensurate with their awesome responsibilities, directly reconnect patients with their chosen doctors..." It's not just doctors who have the government and insurers crawling up their posteriors-- it's the police, teachers--just about anyone in this country with any measure of responsibility. We have eliminated autonomy. There is another aspect to the shortage: Obama care never made any provisions for the training of doctors; none of their proposals sought to offset the costs of medical school. It was obvious that prestige and the financial rewards of the profession would eventually disappear and fewer students would submit to a near-perpetual financial indenture. Like Nancy said, we had to pass it before we could find out what was in it; what an odyssey that's turned into.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: udanja99 5/22/2023 9:07:26 AM (No. 1474968)
The ethnic breakdown of doctors probably depends a lot on location. When I lived near DC, most doctors were from India and Pakistan. My Ob-Gyn was a Muslim from Pakistan who had lived in the US for over 40 years, though I don’t think that he was a practicing Muslim - just the impression I got. He was excellent. Now I live in SC and all of my doctors are white except for my orthopedic guy who is of Indian (India) descent but was born here. Interesting that the article tells us what percentage of blacks are doctors compared to their national numbers but doesn’t do the same for whites.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: tisHimself 5/22/2023 9:10:57 AM (No. 1474970)
Once upon a time, there was a state level ban on the corporate practice of medicine because it was understood that when the economics were removed from doctor patient and the hospital that allowed privileges, nobody else was wetting their beak. That stopped in the eighties. And here we are. Socialized Medicqine that sucks and feeds armies of bean counters administrators and shareholders ( pharmaceutical conglomerates). Oh yea, and Trump efforts to spin back Obamacare with market incentives. Thanks Paul Ryan and John Mc Cain.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: MrDeplorable 5/22/2023 9:16:57 AM (No. 1474977)
Oh, stop worrying l, people. The DEI folks are bringing in droves of Black medical students so this problem will be solved in the next four years. Blacks will be 25% of MDs and “racial iniquities” will be a thing of the past.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Jethro bo 5/22/2023 9:50:53 AM (No. 1474989)
There is a predominately white population with very poor outcomes. I'm sure its not due to lack of quota doctors. Its Rural America. Far worse health outcomes across every state line. And its not due to racism. Doctors practice 'corporate' medicine because the regulatory requirements and poor pay make private practices impossible for Primary care doctors. Electronic Medial records, personal (likewise has shortages thus driving up cost) and abysmal payers (rural America is mainly Medicare and Medicaid. Both don't pay enough to keep doors open) make practice n rural America impossible. Result, doctors leave rural America to find a place where they can make a living. Resources in real America also are lacking. More and more rural hospitals close cause the cost for mandated goobernment regulations with inadequate reimbursement make operations impossible. And then, thanks to Hitlery Clinton (her only legislative achievement) goobernment decided we had too many docs in the 90s and cut funding. No funding, no docs. Increasing the number of quotas in medicine isn't going to change a thing. Investing in medicine across the board will. Just like all goobernment run things, price control leads to shortages.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: paral04 5/22/2023 11:00:06 AM (No. 1475030)
If the Blacks want to subject the themselves to waiting on long lines to be treated by only their kind, then so be it. We have serious problems at the Border and in the White House to deal with.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: joew9 5/22/2023 11:13:59 AM (No. 1475039)
The doctors aren't any good anymore. Each doctor, each nurse has their own little specialty and assignment. Which they do with route precision without really understanding the overall picture and the details. They just move like robots. When a result strays outside of the norm they have no idea what to do. I have an issue right now from a procedure. But no one will do anything because it is not what normally is done after the procedure. So no one has anything in their list of instructions about what to do when the procedure has a problem.They are robots. I've been fighting this for weeks. It looks like I need to reverse the procedure myself.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: john56 5/22/2023 11:30:26 AM (No. 1475053)
My father-in-law (as was his father and father-in-law) were doctors, as is his son (my brother-in-law). Yes, they are white. But they certainly served many Black and Hispanic patients and there are loads of times I meet people socially in my community of many races, telling me how both my FIL and BIL took care of them. And if we're going to be nit-picking on racial make up of doctors, when do you propose we start sending back all those Asian/Indian doctors? My dear sweet wife blames the influx of women doctors (over half the medical school enrollees are women). Says they all want to work part-time, take a couple years off to raise kids, and are taking the place of men who will work long hours like her brother and father.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: ThreeBadCats3 5/22/2023 12:30:59 PM (No. 1475114)
Several accurate comments and observations here. As a board certified family physician in private practice now for forty five years, a majority in hospital practice, it has been overall satisfying. Only seventeen days to go. The first roughly half was much better than the last, with a steep decline in everything, particularly governing logic and efficiency. Other than people, patients and individuals, it is awful presently. Most people are “nice”, as individuals. I would guess that response # 9 is, or was, a physician.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 5/22/2023 12:42:05 PM (No. 1475120)
The medical profession lost a lot of its credibility over COVID, first by the lies they told about the jab, mainly that it was safe and would prevent infection when it clearly was not and did not. They also refused to prescribe perfectly safe drugs to treat COVID, and instead pushed new (and very expensive) drugs with unpleasant side effects. They ridiculed anyone who believed in natural immunity, knowledge that had been common sense for centuries. Now I walk into the doctor's office with my BS-meter and skepticism on high alert because I know they're likely flogging whatever their corporate bosses are pushing. If doctors are unhappy and demoralized, they need to look in the mirror.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: hershey 5/22/2023 1:07:15 PM (No. 1475140)
Yes there is...that is why you are seeing NA and other 'almost' doctors manning/womaning Emergency care. Urgent Care and local doctors offices, usually multiple ones overseen by ONE doctor...
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Reply 16 - Posted by: SALady 5/22/2023 3:24:47 PM (No. 1475199)
What we have far more to fear these days is that our medical schools are full of Affirmative Action students who never would have qualified or been admitted if it was based on merit instead of gender and race. I have had the misfortune of being treated by young doctors that came out of system recently, and they are incompetent. The only doctors I have found recently that were competent were either Asian or white males. And the young white males are becoming a rarity.
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