Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act, physician shortage will get worse before it gets better
Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Health Care Act. “The original provisions to train more doctors and more primary care doctors were stripped from the bill early on. We’ve got to come back and deal with that as a country. And to be controversial, this state and this country do not have a strategic plan for health labor forces,” said Dr. David Smith, the Upstate Medical University President.
“The amount of reduction in state support in the area of academic medical centers over the last three years has been dramatic. We’re down to less than eight percent of our budget being state even though we’re a SUNY. That disinvestment has got to change if we’re going to begin address the rural, urban, inner city and the diversity that’s out there,” said Smith.