“For those physicians who are forced into the untenable position of limiting their involvement with the Medicare program because it threatens the viability of their practices, we urge that patients be notified promptly so that they, too, can explore other options to seek health care and medical treatment,” the AMA added. “The Medicare program has become unreliable and its instability undermines efforts by physicians to implement new health care delivery models that stand to improve value for seniors and other beneficiaries through better care coordination, chronic disease management, and keeping patients healthy."So what do seniors do for healthcare as their doctors pull out of Medicare? They pay for their services directly... they show up in emergency rooms as uninsured patients... or they avoid treatment. Terrible set of choices.
Since we as a population have accepted that senior healthcare is a legitimate realm for the government to participate in, there will be calls for a political solution. That political solution will resolve, eventually, to forcing the doctors to participate in the program at risk of losing their liberty.
When patients choose dependency, they also choose the risk that the party they are dependent on will pull the rug out from under them.
When doctors choose to participate in the dependency program, they risk that the government will remove their ability to participate by their own free will in the future.