Monday, July 28, 2008

What remains unsaid

The Sun again realizes something that has existed for quite some time:

Maryland's rural areas are likely to have a serious shortage of doctors in coming years, the state's medical establishment has warned.

Two government panels that are preparing recommendations on the problem for the governor and the 2009 General Assembly are studying the conclusions of a report by the Maryland Hospital Association and MedChi, the Maryland state medical society.

The report, known as the Maryland Physician Workforce Study, concludes that a shortage of doctors in rural Maryland is likely to worsen significantly by 2015 as older physicians retire and new ones choose to practice elsewhere.
Of course this is almost identical to an article they wrote in January that said the same thing.

But more troubling is the fact that, like the January article, the Sun provides political cover for the Democrats. What remains unsaid is that t was the Democrats, remember, who objected to Governor Ehrlich's medical malpractice reform during the 2004 Special Session. It was the Democrats who wanted to allow for unlimited caps on lawsuits against doctors and medical practitioners. And it was the Democrats whose obsequiousness to the trial lawyer lobby led them to create a situation like this one, that encourages doctors to pack up and leave the state.

And that's to say nothing about higher taxes...

That's what is pathetic about the Sun's article. The failed medical malpractice reform, combined with higher taxes and higher expenses, are driving doctor's out of the state. Like just about every problem facing Maryland right now, the cause for this one can be laid squarely at the feet of the Democratic majority...



A Life Well Lived said...

What's interesting is that many issues have been arbitrarily inserted into the argument which do not factor into the problem - at least not by any authority that knows the problem well for years. Seems it's not a new problem at all.

"Conroy asked Dr. Tom Chappell, an internal medicine doctor in Allegany County, how the physician shortage affects indigent and other needy patients.

“We for years have had a great deal of difficulty recruiting into the area,” said Chappell, who has practiced here 22 years. He cited not being able to “offer a substantial starting salary” to new doctors as a significant problem.

Allegany Health Right does provide primary and specialty care for the area, and is based on volunteer physicians, Chappell said. However, as the shortage grows, it’s becoming “increasingly difficult to get primary and specialty doctors for this group.

“When you look at the physician supply, the people who are the most affected are those who are most in need,” he said, adding that this group of patients has a “very, very high rate of uninsured,” which is another problem Chappell has faced is in recruitment."

But if you try hard enough you can twist any long-standing problem into a current political attack. But the harder you try, the weaker your point gets.

Is the introduction of facts which do not mesh with your opinions considered trolling?

Mister D. said...

What is your point?The fact still remains that there is a shortage of doctors in the rural areas.So why,exactly,would this be twisted?

"Don't look now, but there's one man too many in this room, and I think it's you."-Groucho Marx

A Life Well Lived said...

Well, let's see here.

Understanding the reasons would be important.

Making up stuff and using that as a stick in a weak attempt to strike at those you don't like is goofy.

Would you "feel" better if you read only posts that agreed with your views?

Regardless of their factual value?

I guess you can join their club.

Mister D. said...

"I guess you can join their club."

It would be markedly better than being part of your club. I don't believe in marxism and I thank the Lord for that.

"All people are born alike—except Republicans and Democrats."-Groucho Marx