There have been alarming recent shifts in medical care that have serious implications for patients throughout the United States. Not only are there more patients who need care, but there are now fewer medical care professionals to treat these patients. Our medical malpractice attorneys are concerned that this could lead to a rise in the negligence of patient care, deterioration of quality care, and a rise in medical malpractice claims.
Recent studies conducted by the non-profit organization The Physicians Foundation, show that the majority of physicians are feeling over-extended or have reached their limit of patient care. Instead of taking on more patients, physicians are choosing to retire, cut back their hours, and/or their number of patients. To complicate the issue, tens of millions of baby boomers are turning 65 each year who qualify for Medicare. There are also millions of new patients signing up for the Affordable Care Act. This means there are hundreds of millions of patients who either don’t have a physician, or are receiving care from an understaffed clinic.
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The overall change in the demographics of medical care professionals, has also affected their ability to treat patients successfully. Physicians entering the field are younger and are joining larger clinics where they have less autonomy. The decline of private practices has resulted in patients not getting the personalized care they need. Because of this, many physicians are unable to make the best decisions for their patients’ health. In the larger hospitals where medical staffs are often shorthanded, the ability of doctors to administer specialized care is often compromised.
The diminishing number of quality medical professionals, combined with the growing number of patients puts more people at-risk for medical malpractice. The medical malpractice attorneys at Prochaska, Howell & Prochaska LLC have years of experience in successful medical malpractice litigation. We are dedicated to protecting you and your family from the negligence of medical professionals by offering superior service. Call our medical malpractice attorneys today for a consultation, so we can fight against the alarming trends in medical care together!