Some thoughts from a possibly uniformed but none the less interested party
Given the California budget dillema, is it realistic to expect the State will fund Merced/Riverside Medical schools and can 20% of California wait the seven years for those freshman medical students to start work? More importantly, if the financial model options for these students do not change..will we not just have more of the same ? Little primary care, too many specialtist . No physicians in rural communities??? BTW the Mecial Boad of California reports tha 58% of Claifornia MD' live in one of five counties-any guesses?
An internet search of the Steve Thompson scholarship fund shows an annual number of applicants to be 40 with the average number of awards being 5 @ an average of $50k-Appears young docs have little interest and minimal success in receiving the awards (20% success)
If existing tools for recruiting physicians are effective, why aren't they working ? If after the guarantee/support period the doctor can not survive economically what happens? My guess is they leave
It is my understanding that existing law prohibits lay personnel from inteferring with physician practice-I believe CMA introduced that legislation in the late 90"s. Are there any isntances of this law being violated?
A recent study authored by UCLA suggests that 20% of Californians are uninsured or on Medi-Cal-who will care for these people? CMA reports 70% of California physicians will not treat Medi-Cal due to the economics of doing so-this appears to ba a public health dillema-I am worried why aren't others?
I have looked at the doctorsforall website--which comments are untrue-it would be important to confirm and I for one would like to know.
My sister works at a surgery center that is owned by a group of physicians-she tells me that Medi-Cal patients are never treated there-why is that?
I see this bill as a solution to taking care of people that 70% of doctors don't want to take care of--why would those 70% get in the way of doctors who would provide that care
The Medical Board of California notes there to be 128,000 licensed MD's in Ca-how many of those are members of the primary oppositon to the bill -the California Medical Association? Most, all, some?
I note on the doctorsforall website that the Medical Board of California has registered a letter of support-As the state agency charged with monitoring physician practice, their support for the bill seems to be a good thing-True?