Thursday, 8 November 2012

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Obamacare and the future of Medical Doctors in the US

If you're studying for the USMLE, this concerns you. Why? Because you're going to, eventually, practice medicine in the US. 

Obamacare. This is a matter of great importance to you. It doesn't matter if you're for, against, or neutral about it; in the other hand, it does matter if you're well informed.

This post is not here to judge or emit opinions. It's here to let future Medical Doctors that will practice in the US what they need to know about Obamacare.

This law was installed in Mach 23rd 2010. 

The full name of Obamacare is:

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 

You can download the full document, 1,000 page long, here.

If you don't want to read much about Obamacare and how it'll affect the Medical Industry (positively or negatively) try typing PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) into the YouTube search box, you'll find loads of videos that will let you know the most important details of the Act.

I found this video particularly helpful:




Dr. Jill Vecchio covers PPACA thoroughly in YouTube, in a total of 5 parts. Watch them all, they're great. She read the whole act and shares her experience with us.






There are a bunch of sites ready to help you understand Obamacare. I've searched Google thoroughly and have found little information of how Obamacare may affect doctors in Residency training. Let's hope for the best.

Be it as it may, you have to be informed. This concerns all of us. The Medical Industry in the US is about to change, so be prepared for what is coming.

As I said, whether you're for or against the act is irrelevant in this post; what's of importance is that you're aware of what it is. Decide for yourself if you like it or not.

Helpful sites:
1. http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-facts.php
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act
3. http://www.conservapedia.com/ObamaCare
4. http://www.healthcare.gov/law/index.html
5. http://blog.heritage.org/2012/06/22/top-five-reasons-obamacare-is-bad-for-doctors/

If you find other helpful information about this topic, relevant to future MD in US or Residents, please do post it on the comments section below!