How will health care effect medical field salaries?

This is an honest question. I’m still a little confused on how all of this will work. I don’t want any smart ass answers, or why the left or right is wrong, etc.

In my thinking, the salaries will eventually go down. So therefore when a person goes to college to become a doctor for example, they will have a very hard time paying off their student loans since they won’t be making that much money. I doubt that tuition fees will go down. And we all know that for an occupation such as a doctor is very expensive. So then won’t there be less people going to college for these types of jobs? Not too many people would be want to be in debt for the rest of their life struggling.

Am I on the right track here? Or does this whole thing work in a completely different way? I am truly curious and confused.
nondependent: I understand that. I’m an EMT and don’t get paid squat really. But I have a passion for it, so that’s why I do what I do. But would you like to spend the rest of your life in debt while you make enough money to barely get by?

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  1. Beer, Women and SPORTS says:

    >> So therefore when a person goes to college to become a doctor for example, they will have a very hard time paying off their student loans since they won’t be making that much money. < <

    That's been the situation since the 1970s.

    >> So then won’t there be less people going to college for these types of jobs? < <

    Medical school admissions rates are now about 5%. Obviously there won't be less demands on people wanting to become physicians.

    >> Not too many people would be want to be in debt for the rest of their life struggling. <<

    The debt loads are high, but that’s why most doctors nowadays go into specialties like neurosurgery, cardiology, or orthopedic surgery because it pays much more and those high-salaried fields can quickly wipe off the $150,000 to $200,000 in medical school debts accrued.

    The real shortage is in primary care medicine.

    To answer your question, I think Obamacare will increase the supply of health care providers in the long-run (because more funding will go into preventative care, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to give that needed primary care).

    However, I assume that without a public option to depress market prices, and without a meaningful increase in the number of residency spots, health care will get more expensive in the U.S. and specialist doctors will get even further richer.

    EMTs and nurses and techs deserve a better share of health care expenditures than doctors, IMHO.

  2. nondependent says:

    People who enter the medical field for the money have the wrong motivation.

  3. You are truly on the correct question path : I could have been a lawyer, making more now than ever. But no, I went the other way. Paid my way out, now working to help my kids get through school etc… as a physician, I am the working poor of my neighborhood.

    Reform is a good thing, but often applied off the mark. If you took government workers and cut their salaries like medicare is cutting physicians “reimbursements” (=low salary with a great big “maybe you will get paid”) you would get somewhere, but unions get in the way. The lack of a physicians union, per se, will result in such a union : The union of docs that WILL NOT ACCEPT OBAMACARE, MEDICARE, MEDICAID. They are in greater proportion daily.

  4. Squeaky Wheeler says:

    I hope it really loots those S.*.B. doctors.

  5. Peace through blinding force says:

    You are exactly right.
    Opponents of “Obamacare” AND ITS WRITERS said this is guaranteed to happen.

  6. You are correct in some ways. Yes who would go to medical school for 12 years to make a mediocre income dictated by the government.
    Probably the poorer student ( not as smart) might go and get out of the system what he can!Don’t forget there are a lot of people that pray on people ( and it isn’t their health they want to heal either!)
    We will be so short of Doctors, no one will be able to keep up the work pace that would be required of them.
    So many problems and it seems the Obama administration refuses to see these problems at all. when you add two and two you should get four.