Doctor shortage in FLwill get worse with Gov. Scott's Medicaid decision

A lot of people got upset with Governor Scott for reversing his position and embracing Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. But for a politician, this was a no brainer. The Feds are going to pick up the entiire tab for the first three years and 90% for the next three. More than a million Floridians will be covered who weren't covered before. That's a lot of votes. But Scott may not have realized that a doctor shortage is going to make treating that extra million people a challenge: Currently, the state has 44,804 doctors, but about 5,600 of them are expected to retire in the next five years. And even though Florida has opened three new medical schools in the past dozen years, the state isn't producing as many doctors as it needs. Scott's budget this year has $80 million to fund programs to train 700 new residents a year, in hopes they'll remain in the state. Of all patients, people covered by Medicaid may have the hardest time finding a doctor; only 59 percent of the state's ...(Read Full Post)